The final countdown to The Big Bike Ride

Dan Mew

With less than two weeks to go until The Big Bike Ride team departs for Kenya, all five cyclists recently got together for a long (and rather hilly!) training weekend.

For all the gym sessions and evening rides we have done over the past few months, work and other life commitments make it difficult to train for a 11-day cycle, so we decided to get away altogether and pedal the rolling hills of Devon for a few days.

We all came back in one piece but, if the reality of the challenge needed to be hammered home any more than it already was, it certainly doesn’t now! We cycled over 160 miles and climbed over 11,000ft across the weekend, encountering the whole spectrum of weather – torrential rain one day and blazing sunshine the next – along the way.

Whilst we were busy tiring ourselves out, the penultimate construction phase got underway at The Walk Centre in Nakuru, which sees the first-floor walls erected and the beginning of the roof go on.


As you can see, the building is really beginning to take shape and this phase should be completed this week.

We are, however, still short of what we need to finish it – which is the exact reason why we are taking on The Big Bike Ride.

If every former African Adventures volunteer donated just £2.50, The Walk Centre would be guaranteed to open its doors this September to hundreds of children who currently are unsure if they’ll have a school to go to.

I would be immensely grateful if could spare whatever you can in support of what’s going to be one hell of a cycle challenge.


We are putting our money where our mouths are too by self-funding the event because we know  what a difference this is going to make to the Hilton community in Nakuru – no child in the area will be without access to school from the age of 3-14.


It’s for a great cause – let’s make it happen!