‘Anything is possible’ as Chris begins ride across America
Big-hearted Billericay resident Chris Armishaw will be tackling the ride of his life this month when he heads to North America for a 3,000-mile challenge.
Chris, whose motto is ‘anything is possible’, is aiming to complete his epic endeavour from Washington DC to San Francisco in just 15 days and raise at least £10,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
He will be organising his own schedule and support on the ride across 12 US states and, by sponsoring him for each mile of his journey, followers can see whether Chris or his fundraising reach San Francisco first.
Back in 2007, the self-confessed ‘sofa cycling fan’ didn’t own a bike and his idea of a wheel-y good time was to watch the Tour de France on television. But since signing up for Action Medical Research’s London to Paris ride that year, he hasn’t looked back. Now, eight years on, Chris is a qualified British Cycling coach, has completed the Race Across the Dolomites in Italy and raised an incredible £28,000 for the children’s charity by attempting the world’s toughest cycling challenge, Race Across America (RAAM) in 2012.
In 2013 he became one of the first amateurs to complete 21 stages of the Tour de France and now he’s taking his fundraising up a gear by aiming to conquer a whole continent on two wheels.
“When I tackled the Race Across America in 2012, I travelled from west to east so this time I decided to go in the other direction, as I was putting the route together - into the prevailing wind,” says Chris, who begins his ride on Sunday, 19 July, having planned every detail himself.
“Every aspect of TransAm 3000 is self-planned and organised - it is not an event and there is no external support other than James, the one crew member who is handling the logistical aspects,” he adds.
Father-of-two Chris, 50, who works in Sainsbury’s property division, will be raising money for Action Medical Research, which has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
“I just want to play my small part in continuing a long history of finding breakthrough cures into illnesses and disease that affect babies and children,” he says.
“My commitment to Action is driven by the funding they provide to finding breakthrough cures into childhood illness and also by my relationship with the events team there who do an amazing job. I also have two daughters who were born and grew up in good health so I have never taken this for granted. Having the opportunity to combine cycling and pushing myself further to support a great cause that means so much is a fantastic thing.”
During the ride, he will connect with fellow cycling fan Neil Hanson, who helped advise him on routes to avoid - and watch this space, as it looks like Chris isn’t content with just a 3,000-mile journey.
“The TransAm route from Washington across to San Francisco was put together over many long nights, researching different routes and different roads across each state and then the draft route was finalised with Neil, a proven TransAm cyclist and author of Pilgrim Wheels; Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America. Neil's knowledge and experience of riding across the US has been a great help and we hope to meet up with him when crossing through Colorado,” he adds.
“If all goes to plan this year the TransAm challenge will in some ways represent a training ride… but one step at a time. I have ideas for the next two to three years; hopefully they will become real challenges!”
For more on Chris’ TransAm challenge and to check out the interactive Twitter map of his journey, head to action.org.uk/chris-armishaw or to support Chris’ fundraising efforts, please visit action.org.uk/sponsor/transam3000
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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.