The Bike Ride blogs series: Ann Cain

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Welcome to the third #BikeRide2017 blog!

My timeline that brings me to the Bike Ride

My name’s Ann, I’m 24, I was born & raised in Derbyshire and now live in Stratford. After studying French at the University of Birmingham, I joined Colt as part of the Graduate Scheme and currently sit within the Product Team. Shortly after the Bike Ride, I will be moving to Paris to spend one year working with Colt Service Management. My favourite things include: socialising with friends, family meals, long walks with my dogs …and relatively short bike rides 😉

Although I have cycled a lot throughout my life, this has mainly consisted of holiday bike riding, sunny day cycling and pedalling up and down the road outside my house throughout my childhood. So it is safe to say I am very much an amateur!

However, since joining Colt in September and hearing about the Bike Ride, I was immediately very keen to sign up. I am still struggling to get my head around the full extent of the distance, but I am reassured that a lot of people have survived the previous years, and even managed to enjoy the experience!

There are so many reasons why I wanted to join the bike ride, the first of which is the sheer scale and challenge. At almost 500km, the bike ride is no easy feat and it’ll be a very difficult four days of riding. But for me completing it will be an incredible accomplishment, something I’ll never forget.

All of the money raised is going to some fantastic charities including Place2Be a charity based in the UK that I’m personally fond of; having organised several fundraisers already here in the UK in aid of them. It’s going to be a really proud moment when we hand over the cheque.

But who can forget the ride itself – from Barcelona to Valencia we’re going to be surrounded by some of the best scenery in Europe let alone the world with plenty of instagramable moments. I’ve heard this year’s route is flatter than last year so fingers crossed I’ll be in a fit state to enjoy the view!

With 99 other Colt riders around me I’m confident my fitness will hold up but at the end of the day, there’s no better way to force yourself to go to spinning classes than a 500km cycle…

Thank you for reading!

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