Grant awarded on 4th November 2019
Cyclist, Ollie, contacted us recently and told us: “I have been very fortunate to have spent a large portion of my cycling pre-season training in Majorca, where I was able to give my all into preparing for the coming season. This, of course, would not have been possible without the amazing support from the RGF.
In the house where I had been staying, we had a TV which mainly featured Majorcan television, and I remember watching the news of the Coronavirus beginning to emerge in Asia at around the end of January. It seemed serious, but it was difficult to comprehend the severity of the disease with it being so far away. Fast forward to now, the beginning of May, and look how things have changed. I believe we will be lucky to have any races in this 2020 season, but it is totally understandable, and something all of us in the cycling scene must accept.
I have been trying to adopt a more positive attitude and approach to life, so am most certainly not looking at this cycling year as a write-off. It has been a great opportunity to develop both on and off the bike, both physically and mentally. I have also tried to help in these unprecedented times – I have been volunteering via the GoodSam app, and recently got a part time job working in a local Care Home. I look forward to 2021 and am using this time to help plan and prepare for the future. I am still ticking over with my training but enjoying mixing it up by doing some off-road rides taking in all of the spring nature. Stay safe!”