Dad-of-two Stuart Cooper, 43, and his nephew Alex Davies, a plasterer and part-time firefighter from Euxton, are taking on an epic cycle ride across Vietnam this winter, tackling rugged terrain, bustling cities, scorching climates and jungles!
The duo have chosen to raise sponsorship for St Catherine’s through the gruelling challenge, and Stuart – a property developer from Hutton – is writing a series of blogs to record his training and experiences throughout the mammoth endurance feat.
Here, he and Alex each talk about how they’re feeling ahead of the challenge which starts this Thursday, 8th November, and how they’ve been preparing for the feat.
I have a good reasonable level of all-round fitness due to a physically demanding job and also the fact I like to keep fit and healthy. Aside from work and living a generally active life, I keep fit by working out in the gym two to three times a week (both weight training and cardio) and from running as well as cycling.
I actually (especially come this time of year) run more than I do cycle, but in preparation for this trip I have been trying to get on the saddle as much as possible! I have combined time on the saddle a few ways; on the bike I am taking to Vietnam, my road bike and also on the spin bikes at the gym.
Although I am defiantly quite a way behind Stuart in terms of actual ‘bike mileage’ over the last six months or so, hopefully my all-round level of fitness will see me through OK throughout our trip. I have covered more than our average daily distance, with a lot more climbing involved (on my road bike it must be said) previously numerous times before.
But there is no doubt with the added weight, change of bike, the number of consecutive days in the saddle, the humidity, heavy rains and all that comes with being in a foreign country, that this trip will be an epic challenge for us – but one that we are both now really looking forward to!