Long Melford man preparing for 24-hour cycle ride in aid of three charities
Haydn Hertz has covered more than 1,800 miles on his bike since March - but he says no amount of training will fully prepare him for a 24-hour charity cycle ride next month.
Mr Hertz, 50, of Clare Road in Long Melford, is preparing for the gruelling Revolve 24 challenge around the famous Brands Hatch motor racing circuit between September 15 and 16.
To spread awareness for his sponsored cycle, which aims to raise money for three different charities, he will ride on a static bike outside the Looking Good Feeling Better hair salon in Hall Street this Saturday.
Mr Hertz told the Free Press his motivation to take on the challenge is twofold: not only to support causes close to him, but also for the health benefits, explaining he barely cycled prior to riding from London to Paris in a day with friends for charity.
“Up until I did London to Paris three years ago, I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was a child,” he said.
“Now I try to do something for charity every year. I’ve done a number of marathons, charity boxing, and a charity golf day.
“I get the personal satisfaction of keeping myself healthy, and the satisfaction of doing something for charities that are helping people and saving people’s lives.”
The charities he is raising money for include Hope For Tomorrow, which runs a mobile cancer care unit in the area, Do It For Daisy, a fundraising campaign named after Daisy Brooks, a girl from Bures who died from a brain tumour at the age of seven.
He is also supporting The Benevolent, a charity that helps workers in the UK drinks industry.
Mr Hertz stated that since starting his training regiment on March 30, he has covered 1,876 miles in 121 hours of riding, and hopes to cover another 600 to 700 miles in preparation.
During the ride itself, his ambition is to ride at least 300 miles over the 24 hours.
But he added: “It’s interesting when you talk to people about the mental side. Physically, I feel great.
“I’m happy with what I’ve done, but like any of these things, riding for three to four hours in training is one thing, but you can’t totally prepare for 24 hours.”
The static ride to raise awareness will take place in Long Melford on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, with donation buckets present.
Representatives from each charity will be on hand, and tickets are also being sold for a prize raffle.
You can donate online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Sept15.