An islander has vowed to embark on a 1,500km relay cycle from London to the south of France for the second year in a row in a bid to raise £4,000 for Coram, one of the UK’s oldest children’s charities that supports vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Peter German, a Partner at Carey Olsen, is in the final days of training for the Legal & General Real Assets Cycle challenge, which will depart on 7 March.
The 1,500km cycle, organised by Club Peloton, takes place over six days ahead of the start of MIPIM, Europe's largest real estate conference, in Cannes. Peter has been attending the conference for a couple of years and noticed that some attendees were arriving on their bikes, having cycled through France.
"I thought it was an interesting thing to do and obviously there is the fundraising side of things, so I decided to give it a go," Peter said. The ride was Peter's second organised one in 20 years, the previous one having taken place in New Zealand.
Despite not being an experienced cyclist, Peter said he managed pretty well and rode for 1,000km, a number he hopes to top this time around.
Pictured: Peter German is hoping to cycle over 1,200km this year.
Having taken part last year, Peter knows what is in store and has been riding to work every day and doing laps around the island to build up his fitness ahead of the start in London on 7 March. He has only been making the most of technology to train.
"I have been doing a lot of online virtual cycling," he explained. "I can actually train harder in my garage as you can choose the terrain and the difficulty."
"I think the hardest part of the event is the fatigue," Peter added. "We are up early and on the road by 06:00 for six days on the trot and we won't be finished until 20:00 or 21:00 each night, so there's not a lot of time to rest, recover and refuel, or even clean your chain!"
Pictured: Coram supports vulnerable children, young children and their families.
While the physical challenge appealed to him, Peter says the main reason he decided to take part in the ride was to raise money for Coram.
Founded by philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram in 1739 to provide care for abandoned children left dying on London's streets, Coram has continued its support for vulnerable children ever since and now helps more than one million children and young people every year.
Last year the event raised over £725,000 for Coram and Peter, who is aiming to raise £4,000, is hoping even more will be raised this year.
"Coram helps vulnerable children, children who have not had a great start in life, children that need a loving family to foster or adopt them, or just a safe place to live," Peter said. "I have two small boys who have everything they need and I challenge anyone to look at Coram's work and not be touched by their 280 years of work for children and young people in need."
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