In true style, the training for this year’s Marrakech etape has started later than last year and strangely later than the year before.
Flights are booked I think and I recall booking a hotel – can’t recall which one though.
Beer consumption has resumed to normal levels and the restorative powers of Alc O hol. have cured the cold that plagued me in January – begone foul germs.
The broken toes have set although not straight but the shoulder injury means I can’t raise my left arm above my head for any length of time. I also dislocated my thumb kayaking but that popped back in. So, usual high level of fitness. The good news is that my bike has been fixed
We have also expanded the team – welcome Tim and hello once again to Henry, no longer stoking but riding solo.
I actually went on the 1st ride of the year last week and may have suffered minor frostbite. A very slow and painful 3 hours of cycling on frosty roads with a wind chill that had only the hardiest venturing outside.
However, I’m reminded of the 1st Etape when we experienced blizzard like conditions, so winter training is to be recommended.
Well, That’s the excuses out of the way now its time to raise some money.
Middle aged men cycle up a mountain to a ski resort, which is higher than Ventoux ( a famous mountain in France, much loved by cyclists) and you get to laugh at the training antics / disasters along the way. In return, all we ask for is some sponsorship.
Why, I hear you ask.
Well the Marrakech Atlas Etape is organised for the benefit of Education For All, a Moroccan NGO. At present, few girls from rural communities in Morocco continue their education after primary school. College is not accessible to them for several reasons. To help tackle some of the issues, EFA are running boarding houses near secondary colleges, allowing some girls from rural families to continue their education
All donations are welcome and it’s very easy:
In return, we will post updates on a regular basis