Israel N2S Bike Ride - Phill Davies
I along with 50 others “athletes” from all over England are cycling the length of Israel from the very top at Kiryat Shmona to Eilat at the bottom. That's over 500km in very high temperatures fuelled by only falafel, watermelon, hummus & a few pints of Maccabi beer.
Only one person can be at the front at a time so that’s a lot of lycra enhanced noxious “exhaust fumes” to be downwind from!
We are riding to raise much needed funds for the UJIA supported Carmiel Children’s Village, home to over 200 orphaned and needy children. The ride will also support A Smile for Orly, a Manchester based charity in memory of Orly Feddy z”l which provides services and support to local children’s activities.
Both of these charities rely on voluntary contribution and all of the riders will be paying entirely for the trip themselves. Every penny I can raise goes directly to these 2 wonderful causes. My target is to raise £5000. If we each achieve this goal that will be over £250,000 for these 2 worthy causes!
Unlike the others on the trip I am not a regular cyclist. The last bicycle I owned was a purple Chopper, and I am unlikely to do this ever again! Having seen some of the others however I am up for the challenge and am doing all the hard work including altitude training in the attic, shilshul acclimatisation, sleep deprivation and rear-end desensitisation. I did try spinning at the gym but it just made me dizzy!
The stabilisers are off the bike and whilst it’s not a race, the yellow jersey has got my name on it, if for no other reason than to ride at the front of the pack.
All you have to do is donate some of your hard-earned cash. Anything you can give will help tremendously.