The Road to Paris – First Update

Blog_COPCycleRachelFirst off, a thank you to all at Landmark for sponsoring and sending me on this adventure! I’m sure when I’m cycling in the cold and rain at the end of November I will be thinking otherwise, but it will be a fantastic opportunity to deliver key messages of sustainability to the Paris COP, showing that the city of Bristol (and Landmark) really care about climate change! I hope to document my training and journey via our blog and twitter, so you can keep track of my and the teams progress.

With only 3 weeks to go the heat is on to prepare for the 4 day adventure. Initially this seemed like a good idea, but on reflection, 250 miles is quite a long way! I’m not a big cycling nut; I cycle to work every day avoiding the Bristol traffic and I will happily take to my bike at the weekend to get about the city and the wider area. I’ve never entered a race or been on a cycle tour but will be found leisurely adventuring in search of cake or cider on a sunny day.

So why have I entered? As well as being a fantastic personal challenge I believe that action on climate change is key. The world faces threats to food supply, conflict and growing inequality as we reach our limits to how far society can adapt to climate change without facing severe consequences. Recent changes in UK politics have called into question the nation’s commitment to climate change and renewable technologies.  Against this background, it is imperative that the ‘flag is flown’ for businesses and residents of Bristol and the wider UK, to campaign for action and results in Paris.

As part of my training the past few weekends have seen me venturing further on the national cycle network. I have finally got round to travelling past Bath and through the ‘Two Tunnels Greenway’; something which has been on my bucket list since moving to central Bristol 6 months ago! The autumn weather has been stunning recently and I have really enjoyed longer weekend cycles.

As the nights have closed in and the clocks have gone back, I have been reluctant to head out for longer cycle rides during the week, particularly in the dark. I have taken up spinning classes at my local gym which, although good training, are definitely not compensation for spending time outside in the fresh air.

And the fun part … a great excuse to order some new cycling kit which I’ve been aiming to get round to doing for months!

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We are inviting colleagues, friends and clients to sponsor Rachel’s cycle ride by donating to Re-Cycle (Bikes for Africa) through the just giving website (https://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Bird37).