4 Mad Men

Derek, Steve, Martin, and James explain why they all wanted to work on this project with Sandy.

Derek is an ultra-cyclist who is joining the ride to not only support Sandy in his efforts but also to help promote awareness of the importance of #sportformentalhealth. A former British military serviceman, Derek has just raced 1180km in Italy and cycles six days a week. He understands sleep deprivation, endurance, and determination.  He is excited to be a part of the ride and get to do what he loves: cycling while helping others.

As for Steve, him, in life, we tend to be so caught up in our own problems and challenges that we forget about the challenges and problems of others. It is a challenge to ride a bicycle continuously for 24 hours. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, he will be able to go back to his comfortable bed, even if it is with a bag of frozen peas between his legs, and his life will not have significantly changed. It is worth it for him if he manages to improve the life of one person through this challenge.

In 2017, Martin completed the Peaks Challenge in Falls Creek (Australia), a 235km race with 5,000 vertical meters of climbing done in 11 hours and 39 minutes. The last 35km is nearly as steep as you can ride, with no UAE gearing low enough to avoid walking in some parts. “I can’t wait to support Sandy as he goes through his pain barrier,” he says. “Bring on March!!”

James and Sandy have known each other for 14 years here in Dubai, and when James found out that Sandy was going 24 hours on a bicycle, James just had to get involved to support him. James is also a huge rugby fan, and he will remember Doddie Weir & Rob Burrows while taking part in this challenge. Now he just needs to balance fatherhood/training, and he acknowledges the support Clere has given him.

It is evident that the 4 men have different backgrounds and perspectives of the challenge that they are about to face; however, they all share one good reason, which is to raise awareness and assist those in need. Steve noted that after 24 hours, he would be back in bed and nothing would change, unlike MND patients who fight until the day they pass away.