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Jonathan Barker

Deloitte Ride Across Britain – frighteningly close!

RABTraining completed (I have cycled 720 miles, climbing 32,188ft) for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain stage on Sunday 7th September.

Deloitte Ride Across BritainI am riding in aid of the British Paralympic Association and recently watched the IPC athletics event at Birmingham Alexander Stadium.

I felt very motivated and inspired to know that I am raising money to support our future GB Paralympic stars and seeing Hannah Cockroft, Melissa Nicholls and Sophie Hann in action.

My stop prior to the event is Baycycles where I will be asking Jez and Lisa to fine tune the bike and hopefully fuel and motivate the rider!

Stage 2 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain is the toughest. A five star event, covering 111 miles, starting in Okehampton and winding up through Dartmoor, Cheddar Gorge and finishing at Brassknocker Hill in Bath.

If you would like to sponsor me, please visit my fundraising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonathanBarker1.

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Everyone's a Fruit & Nutcase

Fruit And Nut On Thursday 31st July, I took part in a fundraising event at Cadbury World to support the British Paralympic Association.

This was a precursor to the Deloitte Ride Across Britain which starts on September 6th in Land's End, where I will be riding Stage 2 from Okehampton (just up the road from BayCycles) to Bath.

The aim of the Cadbury World fundraiser was to ride 100 miles each day and complete the full distance of 969 miles over a period of five days - only for this version we would be on turbo trainers.

The atmosphere at Cadbury World was buzzing with tickets on the day sold out. We managed to ride from 10.30am to 5.00pm and the general public were very generous and supportive.

ParalympicsGB will always take a team to the Games with basic kit and preparations, but it's the money fundraised that makes a difference and enables them to take a bigger, better prepared team! And the GB team successes go from strength to strength.

Stage 2 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain is the toughest (fact).

If you would like to sponsor me, please visit my fundraising page - Here -

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PrecisionFit – treating the amateur like a professional

PrecisionFitOn a wet Sunday in April (there have been a few) I took a trip down to Bay Cycles for a service. I am Jez's older brother, Jon. I was a keen cyclist; this was back in the days when the Tour De France was won by seconds not minutes. Over the intervening years, running had become my way of keeping fit and I am very proud to have taken part (and completed) the London Marathon twice.

Back in the days of Stephen Roche, Miguel Indurain, the late Laurent Fignon and Greg Lemond, there was something of a sibling rivalry in the Barker household. Sprints were contested with vigour and as I drive through Painswick occasionally (to see my physiotherapist) I have fond memories of the sprints, climbs and fun we used to have at that time.

Fast-forward to 2014 and the reason I was stood in Bay Cycles on a Sunday morning. The company I work for, Mondelēz International have played a significant part in supporting Paralympic athletes and the British Paralympic Association (BPA.)

 

One of the key events the company support is the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (RAB). Each year, colleagues who have taken part have urged me to give it a go as it is a great opportunity to raise money for the BPA and take part in a very well organised event.

So, here I am, this year, dipping my toe in on a stage rather than go for the full Land's End to John O'Groats.

I realised fairly quickly that both myself and my bike were going to need to be in optimal condition. Recently, both Jez and Lisa have started a PrecisionFit fitting service. This was completed very professionally by Lisa who asked me a number of questions about my goals, level of fitness and potential injuries.

Jez and Lisa spent a lot of time running through an off-the-bike assessment focusing on all dimensions of my positioning from my pelvis to feet, range of motion to stability.

A significant amount of time was also spent on getting the measurements right. I couldn't believe how much I was stretching for the handlebars – had this not been measured properly, I would've had some serious lower back problems when training.

I can thoroughly recommend the PrecisionFit fitting service at Bay Cycles and am now looking forward to getting out on the road. P.S. It was Sunday, 27 April and yes, it was raining.

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