Taj Mahal Cycling Challenge: Meet the Team

07 October 2019
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Taj Mahal Cycling Challenge: Meet the Team

The Taj Mahal Challenge is now just one month away! Our cyclists have been working so hard on their training and fundraising; it's time to introduce you to five more members of the incredible team that will be taking on India this November...

Steve Pilcher

What is your day job? I work for Sainsbury’s Supply Chain in the stock department, and have been working for them for 15 years.

Describe your cycling ability/experience: I enjoy cycling along the river near my house; my experience is limited and I have only started training seriously this year for this challenge.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? I wanted to take on this challenge as Teens Unite has had a special place in my heart since I started fundraising 5 years ago for them. It’s given me a new purpose, and I enjoy knowing that I am able to make a huge difference to young people’s lives. As soon as I saw this challenge I knew I wanted to take part so I could push myself to new limits.

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I’m looking forward to meeting all the other cyclists and the challenge of cycling on tired legs every day. I'm looking forward to the food as I love Indian food, but not looking forward to the first walk in the morning - I hope my legs hold out!

Why should people donate? People should donate because there is no better feeling than knowing you could be helping to change someone’s life. It makes you feel good to know you’re a making a difference, no matter how big or small the donation is, it all helps.

 

Kenny Martin

What is your day job? Engineer

Describe your cycling ability/experience: Put it this way; I don't need stabilisers! 

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? Teens Unite was really there for me to help me through my recovery from cancer and I've got to see first hand the great work they do for young people like me going though such a hard time.

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I am most looking forward to the amazing food and meeting and helping the locals in anyway possible. I'm not looking forward to cycling in the heat - can we get a tandem bike?!

Why should people donate? People should donate because Teens Unite are a very special charity and the help and support they give to the young people is incredible. They do the work no other charity does.

 

Esther Crichton

What is your day job? I work for Belu Water, a social enterprise that gives 100% profits to WaterAid. I help restaurants remove bottled water by using filtration.

Describe your cycling ability/experience: I didn’t have a bike before applying for this challenge. I guess the last time I rode a bike for fun was in about 1988 and I’m not sure a leisurely ride through Centreparcs quite cuts it as a cyclist. I’m ok now though, since applying for this challenge, I’ve managed to rack up a good few miles training. 

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? I’ve been lucky enough to support the teens a few times in the last 6 years, running art workshops and talking about ‘communicating in colour’. Their positivity is overwhelming and has really kept me motivated.

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I can’t wait to push myself and make it count! I can’t cycle up hills without singing either. (Promise I’ll try to hold back!) My only concern is getting bitten... 

Why should people donate? I’ve seen how important it is for the teens to spend time with each other whilst going through the most challenging times of their lives. They deserve to have somewhere to call theirs and people's donations will make this a reality.

 

Nicola Green 

What is your day job? I am a Civil Servant.

Describe your cycling ability/experience: I have taken part in 2 previous Teens Unite charity bike rides – Cuba and Costa Rica. Apart from training for and taking part in the Teens Unite charity rides, I don’t do an awful lot of cycling!! 

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? Being a mother and grandmother, it would be my worse nightmare if one of my children or grandchildren were diagnosed with a life limiting illness. Teens Unite do fantastic work helping teenagers and young adults and I would like to think that this help would be available to my family, if it were ever needed.

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I am looking forward to meeting up with the friends I made on last year’s ride, together with meeting and making new friends this year. I don’t know if there are going to be many hills on the route that we are riding, but being a rider that hates hills, that is something that I am not looking forward to!!

Why should people donate? Nobody knows when a serious illness is going to affect them or their families. It is good to know that there are charities out there that can help people who are being affected by cancer and other serious illnesses. Teens Unite is one of these charities, and without the generous support of all our family and friends, this help would simply not be available.

 

Gary Vanderweele

What is your day job? I'm a Scaffolding Contractor

Describe your cycling ability/experience: Varied!

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? I was touched by the story of a close friend's child, and so I wanted to do my bit to make a difference.

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I'm looking forward to experiencing the culture of India, but the recovery periods between cycling will be a challenge for me!

Why should people donate? People should donate because this is a great and worthy cause.

 

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