Bernard Verby, CEO of Stockport Accountants Bennett Verby, takes to the saddle to take part in a unique cycle challenge.
Starting at the Friedrichstrasse Railway Station, Berlin, Bernard joined 40 other cyclists in a 600 mile ride following the journey taken by the children on the first Kindertransport train, departing Berlin and travelling to London Liverpool St, via Holland and the ferry to Harwich.
Bernard has completed over a dozen charity rides over several years helping to raise in excess of £50k, cycling to locations where he managed to see projects that would benefit or had benefited from the funds raised.
Before the challenge, Bernard Verby commented:
“I normally cycle at least once a week even through the winter months and go to the gym a few times a week to spin or for general fitness training. When preparing for a ride like this you need to get as much on the road training as possible and to try to emulate some of the planned days. We are going to be riding on average 100 miles a day for six days in a row so it is like completing six marathons back to back. You need to train so you can manage 7-8 hours a day in the saddle, which is ok for starters, but you have to do the same day after day for six days.
“As the weather has improved this means trying to train by doing long rides of 5/6 hours on back-to-back days. For this you have to be very committed as it takes time out of your normal schedule and working day. On top of the training I have tried to change my diet by avoiding sugar, fatty foods, bread etc. and reduce my alcohol intake as I wanted to lose 7kg (about a stone in old money) before the ride and cope with the long distances we are traveling.”