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Vidal gets in training to cycle across the Alps for Greenhouse

Vidal Graham

My name is Vidal Graham and I am a Greenhouse Sports Head Coach for the Table Tennis programme at Bushey Academy. Despite being in no way a regular cyclist, I’ve recently signed up for the second major cycling challenge of my life – the Quintessentially Foundation & Rapha Alpes-Maritimes Challenge. I really believe in what Greenhouse Sports does for young people in terms of personal development. I have been with the charity for over nine years now and when I was given the chance to take part in my first major fundraising event last year – the BNP Paribas Paris to London Grand Slam Cycle Challenge cycle ride – I jumped at it.

For me, it makes more sense to actually take part in a challenge event and actively raise money for Greenhouse Sports rather than just turn up and help organise something for other participants. It makes me feel a lot better knowing that I’m doing something of importance which can really make a difference to a young person’s life. Cycling is hard on my body and isn’t easy, but when I think of the cause it pushes me on. The Paris to London cycle ride covered nearly 500km in five days and it was an adventure which really pushed me out of my comfort zone, but cycling through the Alps is going to be a much tougher test.

With June’s Alpes-Maritime Challenge just over a month away, I’m really looking forward to spreading the word about our great charity once again. We will cover around 130km per day over four days, including steep mountain climbs and fast descents. I am hoping for good weather, as the route has the potential to be very beautiful. When choosing a fundraising event to take part in, why not choose the one with the best views instead of looking at walls in a sports hall?

Getting enough training in is proving hard because of my work and family commitments, but I’m a fighter and I’ll finish no matter what. I know it’s going to be hard but that’s part of the enjoyment of knowing that you completed something not many people would even attempt. Before the Paris to London ride, I felt like I wanted to do more to help and I was so pleased to be given the opportunity to take part in an event and fundraise. Now I am able to so do again and I am really looking forward to it.

Donate to Vidal’s fundraising page here.