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Charlie Craig was a young cyclist destined for a great future in the cycling world; I know because I saw him race, I saw him win and, standing beside his dad, cycling legend Nick, I saw the pride on Nick's face.

As father and son they stood together in 2017, as Charlie and Nick both led their respective classifications in the National Series - a unique feat for this amazing family and British Cycling.

However, tragedy was to strike a few weeks later, as Charlie went to sleep one night and simply never awoke. His young heart stopped and the world lost a truly amazing and wonderfully talented and unique young man. How Nick, Sarah and Tom cope I do not know, as shed tears even now as I type this. Heart and cardiac issues in young people are far more common than we realise ...until tragedy strikes. We do not routinely screen young people in this country.

In April 2018, along with one or two friends, in memory of Charlie, and in order to raise the profile of Cardiac Risks in the Young, I had planned to ride my bike and turning right at Mont st Michel with friends, then continuing cycling around the border and coast of France until we return from the other direction, some 4000+km later - now that will be a challenge worthy of Charlie Van der Craig. Unfortunately,I was hit by a car while cycling in Nice, and have injuries to my back and neck. The ride has been delayed, but I will still be riding from Mont st Michel, just shorter.


Due to the accident, I'll now ride to the geographic heart of France near Bourges, then in a heart shaped route, return to Mont st Michel via Paris. Still a worthy ride in the memory of this amazing boy.

Hopefully,at the end of the ride, as well as having a great story to tell and write about in a book, I will have raised awareness of #Ride4Charlie, the fund started in his name, and of the risks to young people from cardiac episodes. If we can do this, and bring screening checks for young people one step closer, each and every painful km will have been worth it.

The links below go directy to the fund #Ride4Charlie and to CRY UK (Cardiac Risks in the Young). Please take the time to visit the pages and give as little as you can, It will help to change and to save lives. CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.

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You can also follow our ride here and on social media, as we set off on the 2nd April, hoping to complete the ride some 40 days later back at Mont st Michel. There are 86400 seconds in each day. We don't get to bank the ones we don't use. Make every day day count and ride well ...Ride for Charlie!

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