The Davis 750 Mile Bike Packing Ride

Raising £10000 For Four Charities

 

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750 Miles & 16 Days Later...

Image courtesy of Ken Scott Photography
Image courtesy of Ken Scott Photography

Wow! What a fortnight! 9 months of planning came to a head on the 2nd of July. I left CFC Proact Stadium at 12 noon and my journey began. A journey that took me across England and into the north corner of Wales. I then cycled around the coast of Wales using both trails and the road, before heading over the bridge back to England. I then went to Bristol before heading east to oxford and Bedford. Then came the northbound journey back to where I started.
It wasn't without its trials and tribulations though. There were many tears. I suffer from PTSD as many of you know, from being in the coma. This had my emotions on a roller coaster of a ride! The support from my many followers had me crying. 14 punctures and failed bearings had me in tears. The encouragement from people that knew I could do it made my eyes water. The generosity from the public made me weep. Nope! I couldn't win! There were more tears than an episode of EastEnders! Both tears of joy and tears of frustration.
I saw some sights that I am never likely to see again. Sunsets from my tent porch that melted my heart. Sunrises over coffee sitting on the sea wall. A couple of the older generation playing with a toy boat in the sea. Clouds whipping around mountains and rainbows as wide as the world.
I was whipped by the wind and scorched by the sun. I cycled through the gentle waves along the beach and rode 3 feet away from the cliff edge next to a 200 feet drop. I cycled for what my life was worth along busy dual carriageways and rolled down loose trail stone along the coastline. I've been lost, physically and emotionally exhausted and rescued by complete strangers who took me in and fed and watered me and sent me packing with a smile on my face.
I met people from all walks of life, all intrigued by my story of why this mad Englishman was riding around Wales on a mountain bike loaded up to the hilt with gear. All astounded that 1 year ago I was laying in a hospital bed with machines running all of my organs and only a 10% chance of survival, and had only been cycling for 9 months!
I stunk for most of my journey. My clothes stunk, my cycling shoes stunk. My sleeping bag stunk as did my tent. There wasn't much I could do about it. Everything got soaked when it rained and never really had a chance to dry after. And when it did dry, it rained again. I saw people move back in queues in the shops. I'd say "I'm sorry if I stink, I'm bikepacking 750 miles for charity". Then they'd buy me a coffee!
I had people donate money right there in front of me, inspired by my quest. I've had roadies tell me they've done 60 miles today, when I'd only done 40. I'd just grin to myself and say "Good on ya son!" They hadn't been doing what I'd been doing, day after day, hungry, alone, exhausted.
I've had messages of encouragement bigging me up, rebuilding my ego, when I've been at my lowest points. I'd not been shy in telling people exactly how I felt. I made sure you all knew. You needed to know about the hard moments as much as you needed to know about the good ones. You were all a part of this as much as I was.
When I was crossing the bridge back to England, I was so excited I wanted to wee! I screamed, I cried, I whooped! You was with me through that too! It was a great moment!
As I rolled into Bristol Southmead Hospital, A voice called "Shane?" I looked round and there was Rich. The charge Nurse who was one the massive team responsible for saving my life. More tears! An unbelievable and unforgettable moment! I've waited a whole year for this moment. This moment to say thanks. Thanks for saving my life.
When I saw the first sign saying "Chesterfield" I was elated! I was nearly there! In my head I'd done it! My body started to slow down, exhausted. My legs didn't want to turn the cranks anymore. I was still 40 miles away! With a further 30 miles to do the next day! I used every last bit of my energy, my focus, my endurance, to get back for my daughters 16th birthday. Well I did, My family were waiting outside the house for me with open arms, and I fell into them! I'd made it!
The next day, a mere 30 miles to finish off the 750 grand total. I finished back where I started 16 days previously. More tears...
Would I do it all again? wait and see...
Now it's your turn. I've done my bit. I've spent 9 months planning, begging for kit, finding sponsors for more kit, been without my family for 16 days, I've stunk and cried and wept and laughed and climbed nearly 35,000 feet and cycled 750 miles on a mountain bike carrying all of my gear, solo and unsupported. Now it's time to donate. Get your bank card out and make a little donation of even £1. It all adds up. If you've enjoyed my journey as much as I have, then please, make a little donation. If you've admired my strength and determination, then chuck a couple of quid into the pot. If you think I'm am inspiration, then have a whip round at work and add it to the total. Don't forget you'll be helping 4 deserving charities:

Southmead Hospital Charity

Tiegans Star

Therapeutic Hooves

Chesterfield FC Community Trust

I'm Bristol Southmead Hospital Charity's Hero of the week! They've made me that because they think I've earned it. I'm not so sure I'm the hero here, I think it's you guys, the ones that spurned me on, the ones that are donating the reddies!
It's been a journey of a lifetime, and I've done it! Whoop! Whoop!


My story. After falling ill on the motorway in Bristol, my daughter called for an ambulance. I thought I was having a heart attack. the motorway was shut as I was collapsed on the hard shoulder. Two police cars, two rapid response paramedics and an ambulance. I was rushed to Southmead Hospital, and the next day was in intensive care. the following day I was woken by the nurses at 5am. "We need to put you in a coma or you're going to die."  Bloody hell, I thought! Better call the wife. Charlotte was 200 miles away in Chesterfield, where we live. She took the news well. I think... Anyway, that was the last I remember. I was put into the highest category coma, as my body started shutting down, organ by organ, my body was failing. I was put onto full life support. my heart rate wouldn't rest and was at 180bpm. this was dangerous and the doctors set about restarting it with a defibrillator. they did this three times. eventually I played ball and my heart rate reduced to a more respectable 100bpm. normally a coma patients heart rate would be around 40bpm.
As the days went on, I was having a horrible time. I could hear what was going on around me, but my brain turned the sounds into nightmares. horrible nightmares. The coma lasted for a whole month. I was finally brought out successfully after numerous attempts. I remained heavily sedated and during this period, I hallucinated. I still discover things to this day that never really happened.
I remained in intensive care for a further month until I was well enough to be transferred to Sheffield General ICU. The doctors and nurses worked around the clock for 2 months to save my life. I am eternally grateful.
They said I will be a type 1 diabetic as the part of the pancreas that produces insulin, is dead. I'm not. Against all odds, my body is surviving. They said it will be 3 months before I will walk again. my determination had walking unaided after 3 weeks and riding a bike after 6 weeks.
I owe them my life. How can I ever repay hat debt!
Why 750 miles? Well I want to raise £10000. Yep, 10 grand. My journey the last 6 months has been a mammoth and seemingly impossible one. So, it seems fitting that a do a mammoth, impossible (to me) journey to raise money. I feel it is a great way repay that debt, and help 4 charities along the way. The charities are:
Southmead Hospital
Tiegans Star
Therapeutic Hooves
Chesterfield FC Community Trust
They all do wonderful things, for many different reasons. All of which are close to my heart and deserve it.
The Ride. The ride will be as much off road as possible. I will be sleeping under the stars or clouds, and will take place on 2nd July 2017. I will be leaving Chesterfield FC's stadium, and heading west across the Peak District then on to Wales navigating the entire coastline. I will then head over to Bristol, Southmead ICU to be precise. After paying the hospital that saved my life a visit I'll pedal away to Hertford to visit another charity that I'm riding for. Then off up to Stevenage before heading north back to the start.
You will be able to follow me via a live track link sent to my social media platforms.
Sponsorship/Donations There is a link above, and in the menu above to donate. I have chosen Go Fund Me as they allow an unlimited time scale. This is important as I want people to be able to donate during my training too, and it also enables donors to contribute more than once, so you can give several, smaller amounts.
Corporate Sponsorship Please click on the menu. Corporate sponsorship packages are available on request. This will be essential to this mammoth ride, as I will need a lot of lightweight, specialist kit from a tent, bike spares, sleeping bag, cooking equipment, wet/dry clothing and bike bags to nutrition for the event and during training, GPS beacon and GPS mapping. If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch.


Corporate Sponsors

Thanks to Wolfride Clothing for their contribution to The Davis750. Click image to visit their performance clothing store.
Thanks to Wolfride Clothing for their contribution to The Davis750. Click image to visit their performance clothing store.
Thanks to The Angling Biker for their contributuim to The Davis750. Click image to go to their facebook page and give it a like.
Thanks to The Angling Biker for their contributuim to The Davis750. Click image to go to their facebook page and give it a like.
Thanks to XMiles Endurance Sports Store for their contribution to The Davis750. Click image to go to their website. When you place an order, you'll also be helping to support my challenge.
Thanks to XMiles Endurance Sports Store for their contribution to The Davis750. Click image to go to their website. When you place an order, you'll also be helping to support my challenge.
Thanks to Whey2Go for their generous contribution to The Davis750. Please show your support by clicking the image and giving their Facebook page a thumbs up!
Thanks to Whey2Go for their generous contribution to The Davis750. Please show your support by clicking the image and giving their Facebook page a thumbs up!

Thanks to The Oak Pioneer Pub Company for their amazing contribution to The Davis750. Click image to go to their website to see what pubs they have near you.
Thanks to The Oak Pioneer Pub Company for their amazing contribution to The Davis750. Click image to go to their website to see what pubs they have near you.
Thank you to Priority Contracts for their amazing contribution to The Davis750. Give them a bell for a quote on all of your building requirements.
Thank you to Priority Contracts for their amazing contribution to The Davis750. Give them a bell for a quote on all of your building requirements.
Thanks to Vulcanet Cycle for their contribution to The Davis750. Ultimate performance waterless cleaning system! Order yours by clicking the image.
Thanks to Vulcanet Cycle for their contribution to The Davis750. Ultimate performance waterless cleaning system! Order yours by clicking the image.