Tuesday 22 May 2012
ShelterBox inspires one man's American cycle dream
As Bristol-based fundraiser Richard Boxhall ramps up his training in preparation for his solo bike trip across America, we find out what inspired him to take on such a challenge in aid of ShelterBox.
SB: Tell us more about your trip...
RB: The challenge will begin in August 2012 when I start in Vancouver. I’ll then cycle 5,000 miles solo and unsupported across the USA, finishing three months later in Miami. By taking on this challenge I hope to raise awareness and funds to support ShelterBox’s disaster relief work around the world.
SB: Why did you decide to undertake this particular trip?
RB: I have done cycling tours before, but much smaller scale than the USA trip. Every time I get home from a tour I want to do more. After years of dreaming of doing a big trip I decided to take the plunge. I have always wanted to explore America and after some research it seemed that the USA was the perfect trip for me.
SB: Why have you chosen to support ShelterBox?
RB: In my experience, cycle touring is always a journey of highs and lows. When I was dreaming about the trip, I wanted a motivation to keep me going through the tough days. ShelterBox provide disaster relief to people in their hour of need. I know the thought that I am doing my little bit to help these efforts will be enough to get me up even the toughest of hills or through the strongest of headwinds.
SB: What training are you doing in preparation?
RB: It is difficult to train for cycle touring as the best way to train is by cycling long distance day in day out, which obviously won't be possible whilst working full-time. So to get into shape I am planning to compete in long distance triathlons and hopefully complete a half Ironman triathlon in June. Plus eating as much as I can for the whole July to put on some weight before I leave - the extra weight will be vital energy reserves over the trip.
SB: How are you going to fundraise?
RB: I’m hoping to raise enough for 10 ShelterBoxes (£5,900). Friends and family are sponsoring me online, plus I’m planning a quiz night before I leave, which I am hoping will be a great send off. Before flying to the USA I am also going to cycle from Bristol to Heathrow with my family and friends to give them a glimpse of how I will be living for the next three months and to give my fundraising a final boost before I leave.
We wish Richard the best of luck with his trip across the USA. The money he will raise will make a huge difference to families around the world affected by disaster. Thank you Richard!
You can follow Richard’s progress via his website or Facebook page. If you’re interested in undertaking a challenge for ShelterBox contact our Fundraising Team on 01326 569782 or email@example.com.