Young cyclist Jay Keenan will be taking on a 300 mile cycle challenge in September to raise funds for youth charity MAP and to help more young people get the support they need to get through their own life challenges.
21 year old Jay, from Norwich, will be joining 160 other cyclists in the 4-day London-Paris sportive, leaving Crystal Palace on September 13. Day One involves a 90 mile ride to Dover, with a ferry crossing and overnight stay in Calais. Day Two is the 75 mile journey to Abbeville, Day Three 70 miles to Beauvais and the final day is a mere(!) 60 miles to Paris, with the Eiffel Tower their final destination.
The challenge would be remarkable for anyone but particularly so for Jay who has only been cycling seriously for a year and has a heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which affects the blood flow and oxygen pumping around his body and causes chest pains and breathlessness.
‘My first proper cycle ride was a year ago from Norwich to Cromer and it was a real challenge; I didn’t have the miles in my legs’ says Jay. But through perseverance and commitment Jay is now ready to take on this 300 mile, multi-day event, hoping to raise £250 for MAP which offers free advice, guidance and counselling for young people age 11-25 in Norfolk.
To support Jay and the young people his sponsorship will benefit, donate via the MAP Virgin Money Giving Page http://ow.ly/W3hE30epQkD