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Charity Update

Many thanks to those that have donated so far.



All three of us have obtained Tajikistan visas, and Keith is busy working on the Russian and Chinese visas: all the forms are completed awaiting a convenient date to go to the visa application offices for the respective countries.

For the Russian visa we will need to have a letter of invitation, a brief itinerary of our route and have our finger prints taken, for the Chinese visa very much the same. Keith has it all in hand.


All the routes (to Kraków, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan [including Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan] and China) have now been completed, just a matter of working out the accommodation at each place: cheap hotel, pension or camping etc.


Keith also been very busy on the procurement side, purchasing a Cannondale Touring 2, including bags and paniers.


Linney is still looking for his touring bike and getting advice from the rest of the team.

Dave has suggested this – it’s the right colour, is a step-through for the wearing of skirts and has luggage space:


Dale has reverted to form and has hired Steve’s vintage Cannondale T700, which comes with a certain  pedigree having completed a tour of the USA and New Zealand and clocked up over 8000 miles.

Steve: 31st March 1993 Touring New Zealand on his Cannondale T700



Training is going well. For the Tour of Flanders Sportive on the 6th April we have eleven riders taking part this year, so it should be a good weekend, with some of the guys taking part in their first sportive. We’ll be riding the 174km course: 110 miles or so.

The weekend rides are going well as they all seem to finish in a pub, but that’s par for the course.

Plans are afoot to undertake a long training ride with the touring bikes, possible a trip up to Lincoln “Dambusters Inn Scampton Beer festival” – watch this space.WattbikeLogo

Last week we all trained at WattBike (in association with Black Cat Cycle Coaching) at Canterbury Christ Church University. All, that is, except Linney (he has more important work to get on with, choosing the colour co-ordinated silk shirts for the ride).

We have attended these sessions for the last 12 weeks, gaining valuable insights into our physical capabilities or lack of them.

Roger: in training

Press Release


“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” William Shakespeare

Bike Rugby Japan:

Aylesham – Krakow – Shanghai – Osaka

In Aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Fight for Sight & Slide Away

“If you don’t have a plan nothing can go wrong” Spike Milligan

19th March 2019

This June a team of six cyclist will cycle from Aylesham to Krakow Poland, then three of the riders will continue to Japan via Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and finally Japan. For family & personal reasons the event is in aid of three charities with donations split evenly between them, you can donate now. Our target is £6000:

Alzheimer’s Society: a care and research charity for people with dementia and their careers.
Fight for Sight: our mission is to stop sight loss in its tracks. By funding pioneering eye research, we’re creating a future everyone can see.
Slide Away: offers support to children and young people in Kent who have been bereaved of a family member or friend.

The ride to Krakow of approximately 1000 miles will take 8 days to complete, Carl Moses, Dave Austen, Cathal Bartello, Linford House, Keith House and Dale House, will start on 12th June and arrive in Krakow, Poland on 20th June, averaging over 100 miles a day, assisted by Roger Hadfield in the support van.

Then Linford House, Keith House and Dale House will cycle on to Shanghai, China, catch a ferry to Osaka, Japan, before finally getting to watch a Rugby World Cup game: a total distance of about 8100 miles.

The team are no strangers to the rigours of long distance cycling; this year will be their eighth major challenge since 2012. Previous tours having been to Scotland, Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Hungary.

The team have called themselves the bikerugbyjapan nothing can go wrong team and are being supported by R&B Air Conditioning Services, D A Tree Surgeons, East Kent Foods and McGinley Support Services.


Dale House: Bike Rugby Japan event organiser

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