Pritesh Shah

Having always wanted to be fitter and leaner, I bought a road bike in September 2012. I had been spending a lot of time in the gym on spin bikes but not seeing a great deal apart from the rear-end of the person in front of me! I heard about the challenge 3 days after buying the bike and felt the only way to achieve my goal was to take part in the challenge. Having played sport from a young age, my current fitness level is "OK"; the time between now and August 2013 will see my fitness increase to the necessary level in order complete the 2000+ mile ride.

I am really looking forward to these 3 weeks, which I know will be extremely tough but will also be a lot of fun. I am raising money to help build a new sports pavilion at my daughter’s school – Cobham Free School ( – where I am a parent governor.