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ABC2017 (Andalusia by Brompton for Cancer Research)

Followers of Inspired Living may be interested to hear that 7 veterans of previous Continental Rides are embarking on a novel expedition of their own this June. They have challenged themselves to some lumpy touring on folding Brompton bikes! This includes cycling from Malaga to Granada, ascending Europe’s highest paved road, the Pico Valeta (3400m), on to Ronda and cycling to Gibraltar to climb the Rock, before returning to Malaga via Marbella. .

Team ABC with Bromptons! (plus Guy B not in shot)
Team ABC with Bromptons! (plus Guy B not in shot)

Inspired Living voted Best Charity Fundraiser


Having been nominated by Hargroves Cycles, we have been awarded the accolade of Best Charity Fundraising Activity in the Winchester District Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) 2016 Sports Awards. Lyn, Jamie and Tim were present at the Holiday Inn on Thursday 9 February to receive the award from the Mayor of Winchester on behalf of all the deserving organisers and participants. It is both satisfying and rewarding to receive true recognition for the amazing voluntary work carried out by all those who have been involved in this project since its inception, which, to date, has raised £300,000 for Cancer Research UK (and some of you have got a little fitter and slimmer along the way!). This quote from Guy Raff probably sums it up for most of us.

Fantastic! There are many intertwined reasons why we all spend time and effort on IL. We should all be very proud of our achievements and of this latest recognition. In many ways the cycling is the easy bit! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who, over the years, have supported us and made the rides possible in the first place.

Enough said 🙂

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IL award group 2

Tremendous News

Regular visitors to the team Just Giving page will have been watching the totaliser not only reaching the £50k mark, but going right on past! A well done and thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Today sees the addition of a further large lump sum representing the balance of company sponsorship not used during the Home to Rome ride for the support function.
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We calculate that since the inception of Inspired Living, including gift aid, a grand total of £300,000 has been raised by its supporters for the benefit of CRUK.
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All of this is an AMAZING achievement by everyone who has been involved during the past 6 years. A massive thank you.

Fundraising target smashed!

The Home to Rome 2016 ride had a target of raising £50,000 for Cancer Research UK. The team Just Giving page currently shows just over £46,000, but when adding Gift Aid on to qualifying donations, a figure of over £53,000 is attained, and there is still more to add. This is absolutely FANTASTIC. Well done to everyone involved.

News from the road

A new page has been added to the website – 2016 Live! There are some links to a satellite tracker, Facebook and a blog. These will go live in practical terms once the ride has started. Please alert family and friends to the page so that they can follow your progress. If any riders have a similar link they would like put on the page, please let Barbara know.

Route update – important – riders take note

As previously intimated, the UK part of the route has changed.

• The start location has been amended from the Southampton General Hospital to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DG. A new gpx file is supplied below for the UK part of the ride (filename: Winch-Ports.gpx).


• The zip file previously posted on the Continental Ride page of the website containing all tracks has been updated to remove the original UK part of the ride, and the new UK part has been inserted.

• All other parts of the route remain unchanged.

In the news!

Home to Rome participant Mark Rickenbach has been spreading the word. Have a read of this:

Daily ECHO cycle article

Mark has also been busy fundraising by displaying his bike at the surgery to encourage patients and staff to donate! Great idea – the cycle to work scheme could take on a whole new meaning if it boosts the riders’ fundraising efforts – food for thought?