Why are we cycling to the Rugby World Cup 2011?
Our aim is to cycle self-sufficiently from Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby to Auckland, New Zealand in time for the Rugby World Cup! The journey will take us through around 22 countries, covering over 25,000 kms and a few stretches of water (no we wont be attempting to pedalo across those bits…).
It all started in the summer of 2009, when we both read “The Crossing” by Ben Fogle and James Cracknell and decided that we needed a real ‘life changing’ kind of challenge. As it happened, we had been planning to move to Melbourne to go back to college and try something new, but now we realised that this was the time to do something we had only ever dreamed about doing before and the idea of cycling to Melbourne was born. Once we had decided upon a long bike ride, Tom couldn’t resist the temptation of turning this into a pilgrimage on gigantic rugby levels! We want to make this a rugby journey never experienced before.
But we didn’t just want to do this for us. This is the craziest and most exciting adventure we are ever likely to have, which is why we want to raise as much money as possible for our two chosen charities. In the UK, we are supporting Rays of Sunshine, a charity which turns wishes into happy memories for children with serious and life threatening illnesses as well as providing equipment and medical assistance to the children and their families. Our second charity, David Bland Ride for Life, raises money and awareness of organ donation and its importance in Australia.