Having joined the Firm last year, I’ve only recently learned of the Dorset and Somerset Coast 2 Coast (C2C) cycling challenge and Porter Dodson LLP’s sponsorship of the Charity’s headline event.
I have never been a keen cyclist. Let me explain what I mean when I use the phrase ‘not a keen cyclist’. I have only ridden a bike on three occasions as an adult, and not many more as a child. Cycling events simply do not cross my radar very often and are therefore very easy to miss.
Despite my lack of cycling experience I had an unusual urge to give this challenge a go. In a moment that I can only describe as an out of body experience, I duly signed up for the event.
In doing so a couple of issues arose.
The first (quite a fundamental issue) was my lack of a bike. More accurately, my lack of a working bike. I do own a mountain bike which I was bought by my parents when I was a child (and was the bike of choice on at least one of my three cycling experiences as an adult). However, the rear wheel no longer remains attached to the rest of the bike. Even I could tell this was going to be a problem.
The second issue was my inability to ride a bike. A problem that can only be fixed by spending time on a bike.
The way forward was clear. I needed to get out there and find myself a bike.