Team Cardiff

Jackie Downes

If you don't get out and do something every day, one day you'll get up and you won't be able to do anything.

I wanted to do something special in 2016 for personal reasons and helping children and their families through raising money for BBC Children in Need appealed to me emotionally. I’ve cycled on and off for years but cycling has never been a big thing in my life. However, I’ve equipped myself with a shiny new bike and other accessories including comfy padded cycling shorts and I’m enjoying my 30 mile round-trip commute on a leafy cycle path. I do not underestimate the challenge of being in the saddle for hours on end and then getting back on again the next day. I am hoping it is not a case of ‘all the gear and no idea!'

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