Team Edinburgh

Chris Ware

If you don't try, you'll never know.

I have recently lost my mother after a four and a half year battle with terminal lung cancer. Mum was without doubt the bravest, most courageous woman I have ever or will ever know. She suffered in silence and maintained her dignity throughout even when her pain was unbearable. 
To keep my sanity and provide me with a focus during this difficult (almost impossible) time as she faded, I've chosen to undertake a series of events culminating in the Tour de Pudsey to raise funds for Mum’s favourite charity, BBC Children in Need. I will be supporting, cajoling, and providing morale support to my co-riders, some of whom are complete beginners and have not ridden more than 10 miles before. 
The suffering I will endure with the training and completion of this (and other challenges) pales into insignificance compared to the discomfort mum felt, especially during the last 6 weeks of her life. However, when I spoke with mum about the difference my efforts will make and already have made it generated much needed (but all too infrequent) smiles. I’ve previously raised in excess of £1,500 for BBC Children in Need in 2015, with indoor cycle challenges in full public view of my local branch, I rode 250km on a “Spin bike”, and in November rode 200 miles on a “turbo trainer”. 
My challenges for 2016 commenced in April with a 102 mile sportive (3500ft climbing including some 1 in 5 hills!) ridden on a single speed/single geared bike. Also this year, I’ve “training camps” including riding up the Volcano that is Mount Teide twice in Tenerife in March (6900 ft of climbing in 20miles!), and plan to complete other challenges before the Tour de Pudsey including The London Ride 100 challenge, an MTB endurance event, and my first Half Ironman triathlon. Being an avid Mountain Biker since 1985, I purchased my first road bike six years ago. I have ridden and competed in most forms of cycling, MTB Cross Country, MTB Downhill, indoor track, outdoor track, road racing, time trials, sportives - including finishing in the top 20% of riders in the famous Etape du Tour in both 2014 and 2015, and the occasional triathlon. Last year I rode 7,300 miles and climbed in excess of 347,000 ft (equivalent to more than 12 times the ascent of Everest). So far this year I have managed 2500 miles and 136,000ft. I try and ride every day whatever the weather.
Cycling is in my blood, it’s my obsession, and it’s my comfort in hard times. I’m happiest when I’m on two wheels – whatever, whenever. Fortunately for me, so is my wife.

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