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Colin Shortall's Machu Picchu Cycling Challenge

Ian K
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31 Jul 2013

Colin will be cycling from Machu Picchu in Peru all the way down into the Amazon rainforest, to fundraise for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. He originally planned to do this challenge in October 2013, but decided to do it in October 2014 to give himself enough time to train, and fundraise as much money as possible.

A young relation of Colin's died from Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia in 2008 aged 5 and his sister was recently diagnosed with the same illness at the same age so this is his inspiration to do the challenge. Colin is also a massive Celtic fan so Stiliyan Petrov's fight with the illness has also inspired him.

The adventure will start on the 2nd of October 2014 at the ancient Inca capital of Cusco in Peru. From there he will cut through the Andes before a final tough climb to Tres Cruces, the last pass before the Andes begins its descent into the Amazon rainforest. A 1,400m dirt-road descent will bring him to the forest where he will set up camp. The challenge continues as he cycles deeper into the rainforest until he reaches the finish.

Colin has already started his training, and is keeping a blog (fully equipped with GoPro videos and pictures) of all of his training activities, all the way up to and including the challenge itself. Head over there to check out his story. He welcomes any support of his fundraising, and if you would like to join him on the challenge, or if you are a company interested in sponsoring him, then feel free to get in touch with him! Below are the first few blog entries from his training:


Tuesday 16th July 2013-Lahinch to Lisdoonvarna, 27.6km

Started training for my challenge and it was really tough. Never realised how unfit I am. I had planned to cycle from Lahinch to Ballyvaughan which is about 32km but i decided to go the scenic coastal route. The West of Ireland is an amazing place and i kind of take it for granted living here. Stopped off to see the Cliffs of Moher after a seriously hard hill climb. Chilled out for about an hour and then headed downhill(thank god) into Lisdoonvarna where I stayed for the night.

Wednesday 17th July 2013-Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan and back, approx 36km

Started my cycle at about 11 this morning and headed from Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan which is about 18kms each way. Cycled it in about and hour which isn't too bad. Was harder coming back because I had to cycle up corkscrew hill which as the name suggests is a steep twisty hill. Took me about an hour and 20 mins to get back to Lisdoonvarna. There was no way I would make it back to Lahinch, my legs wouldn't last so decided to get a hotel here again.  Forgot to charge my phone last night so couldn't record the ride with Strava, will record the one back to Lahinch tomorrow.

Thursday 18th July-Lisdoonvarna to Lahinch, 16.5km

Finished my first weeks training with a short cycle from Lisdoonvarna to Lahinch, where I live and work. Took me an hour to complete, roads were dangerous and very hilly in places. Got back about 2, had a quick shower and straight into work for the long weekend. Pretty happy with what I achieved this week taking into consideration my general fitness levels. Roll on week 2.


Thanks for reading. And if you would like to donate towards Colin's fundraising, please head over to his Just Giving page - Cycle Machu Picchu.

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