As I will be spending sometime in the saddle with Dave and Angelique, I thought I would dedicate a blog entries to each of my teammates.
Dave has been fond of travelling distance and the outdoors for most of his life. He completed his first 1km swim at the age of 8. He also walked halfway across Hong Kong Island the same year after forgetting his school bus money. He completed his first ultra walk of 160km at the age of 14.
Dave has since done more than 30 multi-day organised ultra-distance walks and runs. This includes over 10 finishes of the annual Nijmegen 4-Day Marches in the Netherlands where he is a Gold Cross Holder and member of the KNBLO (Royal Dutch League for Health and Fitness). He has the IML Silver Medal and is also an enthusiastic hiker.
Having proven himself in supported walking events, Dave has made the decision to return to his roots, by giving cycle touring a go. Indeed, prior to training for this trip, the only bikes Dave has used in the past 5 years were bolted to a gym floor.
Ultimately, Dave is hoping to gain experience of a new mode of long distance travel, bike touring and maintenance, with some tips on photography thrown in for good measure. Most importantly Dave is hoping to raise a good amount of money for a worthy cause while adventuring round the marvellous Icelandic landscape. You never know, he may just see his first erupting volcano.