One of our fantastic supporters Ivan, who works for our amazing partners at Superdry. Is taking on the epic Ride Across Britain Challenge together with his friend Karen, riding as Team TiC. We caught up with him to find out more about the challenge and how his training is getting on! Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated.

Why did you want to take on the challenge?

I’m an avid cyclist, one of my life goals is to complete an endurance cycle event and raise money for a charity close to my heart. Through battling anxiety and depression for numerous years, I have learned the importance of having structured focus and challenge in my life, using healthy coping mechanisms particularly physical activity to improve and maintain my mental health.

I was lucky to meet Karen at the Invictus games Trials in April 2018 and we got chatting about cycling and how Karen is using it after a serious ski race accident. We became friends and have completed a number of sportives since. We both like a challenge and in its 10 anniversary year saw Deloitte Ride Across Britain as the biggest sporting challenge of our lives. We are riding as a team, Team TiC, TiC is our abbreviation for the Latin term ‘Tibi Ipsi Crede’ meaning ‘Believe in Yourself’.

How is training going?

Training is going well and both Karen and I have set ourselves both individual and team challenges every month. It’s not easy though juggling family life, work and training!

  • 18 – 27 Jan – Nordic Ski Training Camp, France (Completed) - Karen
  • 24 Feb – 60mile training ride (Completed) – Team Tic
  • 28 Feb 19 – Zwift Turbo Live Stream 125 miles – Superdry HQ (Completed) - Ivan
  • 9 Mar – 100miles York – Leeds – York Sportive (Completed) – Team TiC
  • 13 Apr – 55km Ultra Nordic Ski Marathon, Finland with Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (Completed) - Karen
  • 11 – 12 May – 300km Dulux London Revolution Cycle Challenge over 2 days (Completed) – Team TiC
  • 3 Jun – Zwift Turbo Live Stream 110 miles – TSP Projects HQ LeJoG in a day (Completed 1400 miles with colleagues) – Team TiC
  • July – Cycle to work/home Birmingham -Cheltenham - Birmingham - Ivan
  • 22 – 26 Jul – UK Games/Invictus Trials, Sheffield - Karen
  • 4 Aug – Prudential Ride London – Team TiC

What have been the highlights so far?

There have been a few – an epic ride York-Leeds-York at the start of March in the middle of a storm system with 30+ mph headwinds, hail, snow, rain and stunning sunshine. The Dulux London Revolution in May was an incredible weekend too – 300km around London with camping at Windsor Racecourse again the weather threw everything at us including frozen tents in the morning! Also both our Zwift turbo challenges at our place of work, Superdry and TSP Projects in York – both hugely supported by our colleagues and Karen even got mentioned together with Prince’s Trust on York TV news.

What ways have you been fundraising?

We have done the usual bake sales and by far the most exciting was a Charity Ball that we held in Cheltenham. We raised a significant amount from this with an auction, heads and tails, and ticket sales. I was lucky enough to be supported by a couple of colleagues one of whom, Victoria, had been in a Prince’s Trust Million Makers team and was the driving force in organising this. Karen and her family and friends came from York, the South Coast and Staffordshire to join us together with the Prince’s Trust team and 2 amazing ambassadors, on one of who gave us a talk about her story. We also hired a photographer, who had been supported by the Prince’s Trust.

Any good training snacks you would recommend?

Bananas for me, but we both use OTE Duo Bars, I like the Chocolate ones best and also OTE Hydration Tabs and lots and lots of water after the rides. What keeps you motivated? We both keep each motivated by getting out on the bikes and although it’s tough training at opposite ends of the country we make sure we do it! Zwift has been a great way to train together and our mid week rides have been virtual ones on numerous occasions.

What training tunes keeps you going?

I don’t really listen to music when I’m training but Karen tells me she has playlists for the turbo and her Strength and Condition training – her favourites are Rudimental - Not Giving In and Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine Any top tips for anyone looking to get started and take part in a challenge? I think the biggest one is how much time will it take up and whether you can commit fully to it. I have ridden over 175 hours and 3000 miles since January so it really is a big task. But most importantly enjoy yourself and don’t get pressured by forum comments!

What keeps you motivated?

We both keep each motivated by getting out on the bikes and although it’s tough training at opposite ends of the country we make sure we do it! Zwift has been a great way to train together and our mid week rides have been virtual ones on numerous occasions.

Any top tips for anyone looking to get started and take part in a challenge?

I think the biggest one is how much time will it take up and whether you can commit fully to it. I have ridden over 175 hours and 3000 miles since January so it really is a big task. But most importantly enjoy yourself and don’t get pressured by forum comments!