Biking for Bamboozle: Rob Abell joins the challenge

Jade Frost, Marketing Co-ordinator, and Bamboozle Press Volunteer, Tilly Ireson, interview Rob Abell to find out why he’s joining Bamboozle’s Artistic Director Christopher on his 4-day cycle ride in support of the 70seventy fundraising challenge.


Rob Abell of Will Planning Solutions, and member of the IPW, will be joining Christopher on his cycle across the Pyrenees, and Rob knows all about what it takes to succeed in such a daunting challenge.

Having ridden across the Alps in 2015, and 300 miles through the Peak District for good causes, Rob appreciates how demanding these rides are. At the same time, he also knows how life changing the experience can be.

Rob first met Bamboozle through Business Networking South Leicestershire and instantly showed an interest in the charity: “the concept of Bamboozle was something I hadn’t come across before – I thought it was brilliant!”.

Rob was inspired when hearing about Bamboozle’s multi-sensory experiences specially designed for with children who have learning disabilities and their families.

Rob has always been keen to raise awareness around disability; “My older brother is disabled; a lot of people can be very wary of being around someone with a disability, but for me it was very normal growing up. Because of my personal experience, I’ve always been passionate about supporting those who are vulnerable in society, and I am happy to work closely with people who have a disability and their families”.

Bamboozle “make disability visible in a positive way, and their message that all children – no matter what their ability or disability – can achieve more than we think they can – is a very important one”.

“I’ve been supporter of Bamboozle for a number of years now, and when I heard about the opportunity to raise money for the charity by cycling through the Pyrenees, I knew it was something I wanted to do”.

This challenge is a rare chance to cycle the Col Du Tourmalet – an iconic stretch of the Tour de France – as well as taking in the spectacular scenery of the Pyrenees.

With all Rob’s cycling experience, what advice would he give to those thinking of taking part in the challenge? “You need passion, you need drive, and you’ve got to really want to do it, otherwise, what’s the point?!”.

Rob goes on to say, “I started cycling aged 50. When you start out cycling, it doesn’t matter what your fitness level or experience is, as long as you’ve got the aim to do it, anyone can get involved!”

Preparation for such a challenge is crucial and Rob plans on preparing for September’s ride by continuing his involvement in the Leicester Ratae Road Club and building up his endurance for the 4-day cycle.

Motivation is also a significant factor for long distance cycling; “a good support network is key for a successful ride and provides an extra source of energy that fitness and equipment can’t! Conquering a challenge with like-minded people will always be more fun”.

“And although I enjoy keeping fit anyway, I’m really doing these challenges for people like my brother who can’t. If you’re looking for a reason to do something like this, you won’t find a better one than Bamboozle”.

The challenge itself will be an amazing experience, but it’s fundraising for a worthy cause that’s the most rewarding part, and of course, great motivation.

If you want to take on a challenge that really makes a difference, and to give back to an inspirational charity, get in touch to join Christopher and Rob on the adventure of a life-time.

The Pyrenees cycling challenge is taking place from Tuesday 18th — Sunday 23rd September 2018, (including travel time to Pau and return from Barcelona). Click here to sign up and find out more!.

Email: info@bamboozletheatre.co.uk
Call: 0116 255 2065

Published Date: 28th March 2018
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