Supporting Ian Taylor riding 'End to End' for AMR
That's a picture of Ian Taylor on his Planet X SuperLight Pro Carbon bike (plus turbo) in Tesco, raising money for Action Medical Research.
Ian is fundraising throughout 2011 for Action Medical Research (AMR), a UK charity dedicated to helping babies and children. In November last year and quite by chance, Ian's request for sponsorship found it's way onto my desk. It immediately struck a cord. For me, having relatively recently been given the gift of a beautifully healthy baby boy, it seemed that this might be an excellent way to help others who are less fortunate. Not only that, it looked like Ian was thoroughly committed - an End to End cycle, Ironman Triathlon, countless other runs. Clearly this was someone who believed in the cause and was prepared to put his own blood, sweat and tears into fund raising. Plus it was always my intention to have a charitable element to bikebritain, and again Ian's overall objectives matched mine.
Ian rides for his local cycle club, Wrekin Sport, based in Telford, Shropshire. He likes a challenge - which is just as well looking at the route he's chosen for the End to End. In one word; hilly. In order to support the AWR End to End, Ian has had to commit to raising a minimum of £2000. bikebritain, along Ian's other corporate sponsers (mainly from within the Aerospace sector) are helping him reach the initial target. Here's Ian's proposed route:-
Day 1 - Sunday, 22nd May 2011 - Land's End - Okehampton (115 miles, total climb 4500 feet)
Day 2 - Monday, 23rd May 2011 - Okehampton - Bristol (104 miles, total climb 2940 feet)
Day 3 - Tuesday, 24th May 2011 - Bristol - Shrewsbury (108 miles, total climb 3156 feet)
Day 4 - Wednesday, 25th May 2011 - Shrewsbury - Kendal (126 miles, total climb 2369 feet)
Day 5 - Thursday, 26th May 2011 - Kendal - Moffat (88 miles, total climb 2405 feet)
Day 6 - Friday, 27th May 2011 - Moffat - Helensburgh (84 miles, total climb 1972 feet)
Day 7 - Saturday, 28th May 2011 - Helensburgh - Fort Augustus (138 miles, total climb 4487 feet)
Day 8 - Sunday, 29th May 2011 - Fort Augustus - Altanharra (101 miles, total climb 3566 feet)
Day 9 - Monday, 30th May 2011- Altanharra - John O'Groats (76 miles, total climb 2018 feet)
Evening reception at Inverness
Some challenging days riding there, with Day 1 and 7 looking leg sapping.
Ian rides a mean-machine; a Planet X Superlight Pro Carbon bike. Gearset is Shimano Dura Ace with 105 brakes. The Chainset is an FSA Gossamer Compact (50/34 teeth), with integrated bottom bracket. For training Ian uses Planet X Superlight Model B wheels, with 32 spokes and Continental GP Force and Attack tyres, which has a Shimano 105 12-25 tooth 10 speed cassette. His 'best' wheels however are Xero Lite XR210s, which will now be sporting Continental GP4000's. Great choice of tyre there (though I'll keep my Conti GP4 Seasons on a bit longer I think). The XR210s are fitted with a Shimano Ultegra casette, 11-23 tooth. Ian swears by his saddle (just as well given all the miles he's intending to do), a Pro-Lite R-Send, with seatpost stem and bars all Planet X originals. The bike is finished off with Deda bar tape, Elite bottle cages, and a Blackburn Wireless Computer, with cadence. All told it weighs about than 8 kilos.
bikebritain will keep tabs on Ian as he prepares for the big ride and May 22nd looms......
Words by bikebritain Ltd
Images by Ian Taylor
Find Ian at www.rolyatnai.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Donate to Action Medical Research at www.action.org.uk/sponsor/iantaylor