Tauton based aid worker, Nick Guttman, and his bike have clocked 100 years together – and they are both ready to take on the challenge of completing 100 miles in Prudential RideLondon event on 29 July 2018.
His marathon effort will see him tackle London’s streets and the Surrey Hills to raise funds for Africa Educational Trust, Christian Aid, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Nick said: “My bike and I are 100 years old and we need a challenge!It’s not going to be easy, but I am doing the ride to prove that age does not matter and that a bike and rider can still do this and much more besides.
“I bought my Claude Butler road bike in Putney in September 1979 when I was 23 years old. I never thought then that I would still be riding it today aged 62 – but here I am.
“I want to raise some much-needed funds for three charities which are close to my heart”, Nick said. “In Haiti and Bangladesh I was able to see the transforming power of what supporters and partners can achieve when they stand together for dignity, equality and justice.
These programmes give them hope for a better future.
“In Haiti Christian Aid have been providing homes for people who lost everything after Hurricane Matthew and pushing for improvements in the country’s governmental response. In Bangladesh I saw the incredible changes that Christian Aid has made to the lives of over 50,000 vulnerable Rohingya refugees since I was first there last autumn.
“The Africa Educational Trust is also doing amazing work providing an education for children in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya. This includes a school mothers programme in South Sudan where schoolgirls are supported through school by a school mother who ensures they can go to school and do not become a child bride. Another programme is a fast track programme to help girls who were forced to drop out of school to complete their schooling and provide a brighter future for the country. Both these programmes are making a huge difference in a country which has been ravaged by conflict and were, especially girls, have suffered disproportionately.”
“Then finally, over the past year my father has developed vascular dementia. My godmother suffers from it and my mother-in-law also suffered from severe dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society is doing much-needed research into all forms of dementia and has pledged to hugely scale up its research aimed at improving support for sufferers like my father.”
“Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying to fit in as much training as I can on the Quantocks and Exmoor. It’s been hard work with some very steep climbs and descents. I don’t know what was worse: cycling up onto Exmoor or down Porlock Hill – the ascent was exhausting, the descent terrifying!”
Nick is aiming to raise £1,000 for each of the three charities.
To donate, visit Nick’s Virgin Money Giving page. You can choose which of his three chosen charities to support, or have your donation split three ways.