One pedal at a time for Willen
Huge congratulations to all the cyclists who completed the MPA sponsored MK to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge last week, raising thousands for Willen Hospice. One of the riders of which was MPA’s Kieran Crewe who has raised £2980.00 (so far).
Kieran Crewe MPA
When myself and the team began looking at where MPA could do some good we looked no further than Willen Hospice. The work they do at the hospice is so important to the Beds, Bucks and Northamptonshire area and it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched in some way by what they do. When the chance to take part came up I couldn’t turn it down after seeing how vital their care is when my grandmother was a patient there in 2014.
The challenge began on the morning of Thursday the 21st June at Willen Hospice. With all the riders arriving, getting themselves prepared and saying goodbye to their friends and family. Some of the MPA family attended to surprise Kieran and made sure he got a great send off, wishing him good luck for the next three days and giving some last-minute tips.
Once they set off to big cheers from the crowd, the cyclists had a winding route out of Milton Keynes heading past Bedford to Cambridge, stopping on a few occasions to get more water and fuel up. Cycling on the cobbled streets of Cambridge was no easy fete adding to their first day rustiness.
Day two saw the cyclists tackle a gruelling 70 mile route with many steep climbs and quick descents, made even harder by the numerous potholes on the country roads. A cyclist’s biggest enemy. The riders put in a great effort to complete the climbs, but many at some point in the day facing a tyre puncture, or in some cases explosions… The longest part of the ride was the 10 hour journey to the ferry. Arriving at 7pm the cyclists were finally able to get a well deserved rest as they crossed to the Hook of Holland.
After leaving the ferry mid-morning, day three took the riders’ cycle paths up the coast of Holland. Sandwiched between the beautiful beach and sea on the left, and sand dunes to the right, the riders could hit high speeds as they took in the incredible scenery. After a quick lunch on the beach for fear of getting too relaxed and seizing up, the cyclists jumped back on their bikes for the final 25 mile stretch to the finish line in the daunting traffic and mayhem of Amsterdam. On arriving at the finish all the riders received a grand applause from not only the support team but the locals who could obviously see the effort that had been put into the challenge from the red faces that rolled in.
MPA would like to say a big thank you to all the team at Willen Hospice who organised the challenge and the Cycle 4 Good support team who were on hand to get all the riders to Amsterdam. We all feel privileged to have been able to help by sponsoring the ride and supporting Kieran through his journey in the last few months.
Kieran Crewe MPA
The whole experience of cycling to Amsterdam, preparing myself physically and mentally for the ride whilst fundraising has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. It was a truly unforgettable experience and being able to raise as much as I have in memory of my grandmother makes it even more special. Thank you to all the staff at MPA for their overwhelming support every step of the way.
See the great work they do at Willen by visiting their website.