The Rutland Cycling and Active Cycling Hero winner recently picked up his prize. Now the training really begins, he told us... Picking from our shortlist of 12 Cycling Heroes, more than 2,000 Active readers voted and Jason Skinner of Bourne, Lincolnshire was chosen as the winner. Jason visited us last week to pick up his prize and get fitted by our experts.
He said: "To win and think of all the people who voted for me is actually quite humbling. I really appreciate thier support. Now I've got to go out, get training and complete the challenge. It's going to be really tough, but all the support I have got has made me really determined now.
"The response has been amazing: I've had lots of people and businesses saying they will help out, with travel, kit, sponsorship and even offering to ride with me. And to be able to do it on a bike like this, with the expertise of the staff at Rutland Cycling to advise on training, diet and technique is invaluable. We're aiming to do around 120 miles a day for more than two weeks, so we need to prepare really well."
Our MD, David Middlemiss, offered his congratulations to Jason. He said "It's a very brave thing he is doing, for a very good cause, and we wish him all the best. We'll be supporting him along this journey in any way we can."
Jason's Winning Challenge: Lincolnshire to Southern Spain
"I am a novice cyclist and took up road cycling last Christmas. The longest ride I've done so far has been 52 miles. For my 40th birthday this year I want to ride from Land's End to John O'Groats and to cycle several stages of the Tour de France. These willbe in preparation for my big adventure, to cycle from Bourne (in Lincolnshire) to Almeria in Spain."
"It will be a fund-raising ride for Cancer Research - my mother has terminal cancer and moved to Spain for her last years. I thought the challenge of riding through France to her village in Spain would be tough, but nothing in comparison to the fight my mum is having."
The Bike: 2016 Genesis Croix Der Fer 20
One bike. Come rain or shine, the Genesis Croix de Fer 20 Olive Green will take you almost anywhere thanks to its excellent blend of Tiagra components, TRP Hy/Rd-C Brakes and Reynolds 725 steel frame.
Fast and responsive on the road, yet stable and perfectly balanced, the Croix de Fer 20 is a real pleasure to ride on both smooth tarmac and on terrain you'd normally reach for a MTB.
The wider gear range and great trickle down tech in the new 2016 Tiagra creates a premium riding feel for a more affordable price. TRP Hy/Rd-C Brakes offer all the benefits of hydraulic disc brakes with standard cables.
- Reynolds 725 Frame is Tough, and Fully Fitted With all the Mounts you can think of
- TRP Hy/Rd-C Brakes Provide Hydraulic Performance With Standard Cable Shifters
- Shimano's new Tiagra Groupset Looks Slick and Performs Just as Well as 105
Inspiringly determined steel ride with well-chosen exploring equipment. Buy if: You want a tough retro-styled bike to open up a new world of off-beaten-track and gravel riding.
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