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What an adventure! My Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

18 November 2015
Posted by Maurizio Borgatti

Maurizio standing in the sea holding his bicycle

Maurizio Borgatti, Corporate Development Manager at Sense International, recently took on his greatest fundraising feat yet, cycling over 500 km across Costa Rica, from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean coast.

I have worked for Sense International for over two years, and during my time I’ve taken on a number of interesting challenges, including Dragon Boat Racing and a Perudo tournament. In 2014 I took on a 500 km cycle ride from Vietnam to Cambodia, and that’s where I caught the bug for international cycle challenges.

View of the ocean and hillsWhen I heard about the Costa Rica Cycle ride I knew it would be my toughest challenge yet, and when I clicked submit on the application I felt a little apprehensive about what lay ahead. For just over 4 months I fitted in as much training as possible to prepare.

Over the course of the week I cycled approximately eight hours a day across varied terrain and, in spite of the aching muscles, loved every minute of it.

There were so many memories made, from those first arduous hill climbs on a surface of shale, loose stones and rocks, to negotiating slightly terrifying river and bridge crossings and finally sighting the Caribbean Sea.

Maurizio standing with his bike with the ocean behind himOne thing I’ll never forget is the stunning scenery and wildlife. The parrots, monkeys, iguanas and sloths made quite a change to the London squirrels and pigeons!

You can sponsor Maurizio through his JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Maurizio-Borgatti-CostaRica-cycle/, proceeds are to go to Sense International.

 

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