FAQ

by Stephen

This FAQ will change and grow over time. At some point, I will group them by category. Have any other questions/answers that should be in the FAQ? [Let me know!]

Why do you want to travel around the world?
Because it’s there! For many years, I’ve wanted to travel around the world. Cost has always been the limiting factor (which generally caused the idea to die).
What made you decide to do it by bicycle?
First of all, it’s cheaper! Secondly, I think you learn a lot more of the surroundings around you – you take much more notice. And, I think you remember a lot more. Mostly, because you’re putting in all the hard work. You remember more of a landscape by cycling through it, rather than driving or any other faster mode of transport.
Are you crazy?
Certifiably bonkers, I think!
What made you decide that you would do it for charity?
Don’t get me wrong. I originally wanted to do it purely for fun. I will still be doing it for fun (why do it otherwise?). However, I didn’t want to be totally selfish about the whole thing. I wanted to put my pedal power to good use.
Which charity will you be raising funds and awareness for?
I’ve decided to support FightMND.
Have you considered other charities?
Yes, a few other charities. Such as the McGrath Foundation, Epilepsy Australia, Beyond Blue, and a few others. I even attempted a previous Sydney to Melbourne bicycle ride, for the McGrath Foundation and Epilepsy Australia, called the Purple and Pink Ride (which, unfortunately, ended in failure).
Why did you ultimately decide to choose FightMND as your charity?
Firstly, I have nothing but good things to say about the McGrath Foundation, Epilepsy Australia, and Beyond Blue. However, MND (Motor Neurone Disease), also called ALS, has no cure. It is a degenerative disease which attacks the motor neurones in your brain or spinal chord. These neurones are what send signals from your brain to various parts of your body to cause them to move – including breathing.

I chose to support this charity, because I’m able to do what so many people can’t, or won’t be able to, do – and that is to ride a bike, which I love doing so much.

But what about the Cure for MND Foundation? You wrote about them while doing your first Cycle Against the Beast ride. I'm confused.
FightMND is the public face, and trading name, of the Cure for MND Foundation. They are one and the same.
Do you have a personal connection with MND?
To begin with, no. But, late in 2017, I had a high school reunion. One of my former teachers told me that two of my teachers fell victim to the Beast that’s called MND. Early 2018, one of my oldest friend’s father fell victim to it. Now there is a personal connection.
If you were to retire (once completing a round the world bicycle trip, of course!), where would you like that to be?
Field, British Columbia.

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