During 2015 over a casual Sunday lunch a group of four riders (Trevor Ahier, Jackie Ahier, Mandy McKernan and Derek McKernan), some more serious than others, decided to embark on an endurance challenge. By the end of January 2016 we had registered for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (www.rideacrossbritain.com), the route runs from the farthest tip of Cornwall at Land’s End to the very northernmost tip of the UK at John O’Groats. Deloitte Ride Across Britain doesn’t choose the shortest route from A to B. We will do a few extra miles each day, but this will allow us to find the best riding in the UK. We will ride the rugged coastline of Cornwall to the rolling hills and valleys of the Peak District and finish with the majesty of the Scottish highlands. This is a 9-day event, covering a distance of approximately 1550km with climb of almost 15000 meters. This challenge will stretch us beyond our perceived limits both during our training and the event itself.
We ride with a group of friends that believe in power in the pedal, taking our positive energy of the sport to raise awareness, raise funds and raise hope in our beautiful South Africa. There is no greater hill to climb than the one of those in need.
With this in mind we have decided to ride for an organization called Surgeons For Little Lives. They are a non-profit organization with a big commitment to the children at the pediatric divisions of Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic hospitals. They raise money to fund specific projects for young children. This organization and the work they do will be our motivation through the next months of training and the reason for every push of the pedal through the 9 days of the challenge.
To donate to this worthy cause please click here, click the donate button and use RAB Challenge as the reference. Please send an email to themckernans@ if you make a donation, we would like to thank you.
Surgeons for Little Lives will issue an 18A Tax Certificates on request.
Follow our blog, we will be posting our progress over the next few months and then every day during Ride Across Britain.