James Mayes

Can’t is a state of mind. Can is a statement of community.

In Community, Personal, Personal Development, Sport, Start-ups on September 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Many will know I’ve been away this weekend with TechBikers. A project kicked off by Google’s Eze Vidra, the aim was to get together a bunch of tech-focussed entrepreneurs and do something epic. For themselves, for this community and indeed for charity.  Well, we did it! Best part of 200 miles cycling in 3 days, Paris to London.  It’s had cheers, tears & beers. Unbelievable physical and mental endurance from all those involved and some fantastic support from many behind the scenes.

My biggest takeway is simply the subject line of this post. Many of those on this ride (myself included) simply could not have achieved this alone. Immensely proud to have done so. It’s changed my perception of what I and others are capable of. It’s also reinforced my belief that people as communities can be spectacularly empowering. That thing about being greater than the sum of it’s parts? Yeah, that. I’ve collated a few photos from the event that, for me, capture some of the spirit, the adventure, the hardship. Undoubtedly, some friends for life amongst this crew. While everyone involved deserves the highest praise for their commitment, I’m also going to use this to a single out a few that really stood out for me.

Eze “like Sunday morning” Vidra. The main man, the inspiration, the rock solid smile!

Ben “The Beard” Southworth. He knows why, but I promised discretion on this one….

Abe “Don’t question me now” Choi. Efficiency under fire, elegant behind the scenes, an absolute lynchpin.

Alex “it’s not water, it’s a rather pleasant Bordeaux” Hoye. That, and the evening attire… nice work.

Bindi “I refuse to change gear, I’m in heels” Karia. For maintaining bling while under water.

Pru Ashby & Andy “Gangnam” Young. Both responsible, I understand, for phenomenal corporate sponsorship efforts to ensure all personal donations went to the charity itself.

Drummond “Terminator” Gilbert. 200 miles. ON A FRICKING BROMPTON.

To everyone though, simply my heartfelt thanks. It’s been the experience of a lifetime. You all worked together to make it possible. To build a library. To demonstrate the power of community. You’ve rocked my world in what now feels like both the longest and shortest three days ever.

For anyone who hasn’t donated but now understands a little more, the fund raiser page is open for another week I believe. If not in my name, donate for Drummond. I say again, 200 miles on a Brompton.

OK, the pictures….

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