When things get tough,  you get tougher.

6am Saturday 2nd June (2pm UK time) , the 5th Trans Am Bike Race begins. 
The racers will leave from Astoria,  Oregon,  & continue the 4,300 miles to Yorktown,  Virginia.

I will be on the start line.

You can follow the race unfold / 'dot watch' on www.transambikerace.com 
I'll be rider #19.

What about your meniscus?!

I tore my right knee's lateral meniscus on 14th April. After 2-3 weeks of zero then limited mobility,  I flew to the States anyway with all my race gear. Just in case. 
After a bit of a low period, but continuing hours of daily rehab with a ? over my plan from one day to the next, in the space of 17 days,  I went from an 8 mile flat ride,  to trying 150 miles with all my luggage. The knee has been stiff & not 'normal' between rides,  but not painful. I think I've been successful in allowing recovery & not making it worse - as this post ride inflammation is now barely noticeable.

I guess I've cleared the knee for doing mountains now...

Can you do it? 

Knee better or not, I've had nearly 7 weeks out of regular big rides/training. That single 150 miler carrying bags rendered me exhausted...  I need to be doing that every single day from this Saturday. I am no longer physically prepared or conditioned for this.
But, I may as well give it a pop eh? 

Hmm 20kg... Still need to get lighter somehow! 

Your support

Thank you to everyone who has been there for me throughout: your kind words & encouragement have meant the world. Thank you to anyone who has also donated to my chosen cause.  

Please consider supporting my endeavour by donating any money,  clothes or food to Asylum Link Merseyside.  ALM gives vulnerable families a chance to not only survive,  but integrate into our community after fleeing from horrific circumstances. 

Yes,  I will need to sleep in a bag.  But I'm so excited I get to even do this! 

Thank you also to VAARU cycles,  Adapt Outdoors Liverpool,  ASSOS for their kind helping hands with kit. Also Norther Cycles in Oregon who have helped me get lower gearing, Tony Ryan dynamo wiring specialist of North Wales,  & Steve at Used Bicycles uk for some mechanical advice. 

See y'all in Astoria!!  (I cannot believe this is happening)