THE JOURNEY

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Training to cycle 1000 miles means A LOT of training. We’ve all been there; sitting on the sofa looking out at the cold, wet, dreary morning – persuading ourselves to get out there and walk, run, cycle or even just go to work!

Olivia’s challenge isn’t as simple as ours. She works very hard every day to be able to enjoy what any other healthy child would take for granted.

In many ways, our cycle journey is a way of reminding ourselves of how lucky we are.

Olivia needs specialist treatment, regular examinations and a physiotherapy sessions every day – all of this costs money.

While money isn’t everything, in Olivia’s case it could be the difference between being able to enjoy an active lifestyle VS spending her life in a wheelchair. Between running with her friends VS watching them run. Between persuading herself to get up and train VS wishing she could get up at all.

Through your kind donations we hope to help make this difference in Olivia’s life.

To donate and find out how you can help click here

To find out more about Olivia click here

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THE START AND THE FINISH

Start

The official start is on the 19th March 2017 from Carfax Tower in central Oxford. We’re setting off 9AM where mayor of Oxford is coming to see us off.

We’re inviting everyone to join us on the first leg of our journey. We’d love for you to join us – if it’s a short spin around Oxford, riding with us until lunch time or cycling all the way to London – it’s an open invitation to get involved with the fun. We’ll be heading for Marylebone station where you can catch the train back to various stops in Oxfordshire and Oxford itself.

You can find a more detailed route here

Finish

The official finish is on the 2nd of April on Chrobry’s square in Bielsko-Biala. We’re planning to arrive at 2pm.

Once again we’re inviting everyone to join us on the last day of our ride from Ostrava to Bielsko-Biala. Alternativly if you’d like to meet us on the road at any point on our approach into Bielsko-Biala feel free!

If you can’t join us on the road, come over to the square from 12PM onwards and show your support for Olivia. There will be a lot of fun stuff going on like live music, roller racing and food!

You can find a more detailed route here

ABOUT THE TRIP
The idea came to us when we faced the challenge of how to help Olivia. Making this journey not only gives us the opportunity to help make a difference to the family of a close friend, it also fulfills a long held dream; to cycle a mammoth distance and push ourselves to our limits.
The plan is simple one. We’ll be riding over 1000 miles, going through 5 different countries – starting in the UK, going through The Netherlands, Germany, The Czech Republic and finally to Poland all the way to Olivia’s home city of Bielsko-Biała.
Cyclists often bang on about the ride being a metaphor for life – uphill struggles, persevering in in unrelenting conditions, reaching your end goal. But in amongst the inevitable challenges on our journey ahead, the fact that we are lucky enough to experience what will undoubtedly be an incredible trip makes the road ahead all worth it.
Ultimately life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the experience. We hope, through doing this ride, we can make a big difference in the way Olivia can experience her future life.
For now, we’re riding for Olivia but with the right help and support, who knows, maybe one day she’ll ride with us.
Donate here.

OXFORD

So why are we cycling from Oxford? Well, we live here, we work here…  we love the place! Oxford is known world wide. It’s a diverse city full of fantastic people and the best thing of all, everyone cycles! Whether it is intellectuals dressed in university gowns,  children on their way to school or lycra clad roadsters beating the traffic – you’d better keep your wits about you if you’re seeing the sights because guaranteed there’s someone on a bike about zip around the next corner!

BIELSKO-BIALA

Bielsko-Biala is where Olivia was born.
It’s a city centred around outdoor adventure; skiing, trekking and of
course cycling. As active guys, it’s a city that is close to our
hearts.
It’s ironic that with all these freedoms on her doorstep, Olivia may never be able to enjoy these simple pleasures. To have the possibility of leading a regular life she needs to work with specialists in orthopaedics and physical therapy, and undergo specialist surgery. But these things cost money, money that simply isn’t around.
Your donation could help change that.
THE ROUTE
We’ve planned our route very carefully. It’s 1750km if all goes well (!). We’ll go through 5 different countries. Starting in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, The Czech Republic and then finally to Poland. It’s very scenic route but it could certainly be a bit difficult in some points.
For more information, detailed route and live tracking please click here 
ABOUT US
We’re fun people (or at least we’d like to think that). We all share different passions and different professions but one particular passion is cycling. We all love cycling. It’s worth pointing out however that we’re not complete nutters, some of us have only been cycling for less than a year and while we want to reach Poland in a reasonable time were in no mad rush!
We’re ‘people orientated’ guys who love a chin wag, a chat and meeting new people – something we’ll hopefully be doing alot of.
For more info about us as individuals, see below.

Tomek Karwatowicz

Tomek runs a small local business and he is a very keen cyclist. He’s known Maciek since he was 6 years old. When he found out about a cycling trip that helps to aid a great cause, tests his limits as a cyclist AND is routed through Bavarian beer country, we didn’t have to ask him twice.

Tomek is playing an essential role during our trip. He’s fluent in Polish, English and German and understands Czech. Not to mention that he’s probably the fittest of all 3 of us!

First bike: White Reksio

Nicholas Myles

Nick started cycling regularly when he lived in London as means of getting from A to B (cheaply!). After moving to Oxfordshire he discovered how fun and social cycling can be when you’re not dodging double decker busses and black cabs. A key moment in Nick’s love affair with cycling came when he realised that no matter how much paraphernalia one has, you can never really have enough inner tubes, chain lube or sweaty jerseys – much to the annoyance of his fiancée.

Training to cycle to Poland is not only teaching him a lot about himself, but a lot about how far a pair of wheels, a pair of legs and a pair of very persuasive friends can take you.

“When I first met Maciek he’d just completed a cycle trip from Oxford to Amsterdam. Since then we talked regularly about going away on our bikes for a few days to somewhere interesting. Now ‘a few days’ has turned into weeks and ‘somewhere interesting’ has turned into Bielsko-Biala, over 1750Km away – I can’t wait!”

First bike: Black Mongoose Hooligan

Maciek Tomiczek

Maciek was born in Bielsko-Biala and can really associate with Kamila and her situation. “When I found out about Olivia’s disability I knew we had to find a way to help her. I thought about how best we could combine our work with our passion and we came up with OX2BB”.
Maciek is an amateur cyclist and has never cycled further then 300miles.
“It’s a massive challenge and the trip of our lives but most importantly a chance to help out with a great cause”

First bike: Green Romet