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One of the ultimate bike rides for charity!

29 July 2015
Posted by Maurizio Borgatti

In November 2015, I'll be cycling 500km across Costa Rica for Sense International.

Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south east, the Caribbean Sea to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.

It has a population of around 4.5 million, of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city, San José. (Does anyone know the way?)

Mother Nature has endowed the country with a virtual treasure trove of white sand beaches, tropical rainforest and a myriad of rare flora and fauna, spread between the Pacific and Caribbean. It is recognised as one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world.

Maurizio during a bike ride in CambodiaThis breath-taking charity bike ride encompasses traditional Costa Rican farmlands, bustling colonial cities, stunning mountain ranges, smouldering (hopefully inactive…) volcanoes and tropical Caribbean lowlands.

I will be cycling approximately eight hours per day and the terrain will be varied, from paved roads to gravel tracks and single track dirt paths with river crossings and plenty of hills! I suspect like my Vietnam to Cambodia Challenge, that humidity will be a challenge when cycling. I will at the end of the challenge have cycled just over 500km. The aspect that does truly trouble me is that we camp overnight when cycling, I really don’t like camping!

I chose Costa Rica for a few reasons; I really wanted a challenge that lived up to the name, and tested me both physically and mentally. I really do believe that if I ask people for sponsorship I need to be doing something of great value that isn’t that easy! I also always cycle with a camera so Costa Rica will hopefully offer up a myriad of photographic opportunities.

Maurizio during a bike ride in VietnamFor training the three months August – October will be key. I basically need to get a lot of miles under my belt and get comfortable again with repeated cycle runs of 25 miles +. I also may supplement this with a return to spin classes and losing a few pounds, the less weight I carry the better! Most of my training will be done around the leafy country lanes near St Albans and beyond. I may have cycled Death Valley but I can’t bring myself to cycle to work in Kings Cross in London so my training will be primarily at the weekend!

Choosing Sense International again as my charity really wasn’t a difficult choice. My challenge is tiny in comparison to the daily challenges faced by so many deaf and blind children in the communities where Sense International works. I do think we should all go the extra mile to do what we can to help so I will be peddling my miles fairly soon! If you can spare a small amount you support, encouragement and sponsorship would be most welcome.

Maurizio Borgatti is Sense International's Corporate Development Manager. You can sponsor him through his JustGiving page.

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First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014