Tuberculosis (TB) has not gone away and the Specialist TB Unit based at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital still deals with many cases each year. TB is entirely treatable, and I was truly grateful to receive excellent care from the TB unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. When I asked how I could contribute to help future patients, they introduced me to Chest Help.
At about the same time I was also looking for an event to aim for in order to increase my fitness and complete my rehabilitation. I mentioned this to a friend and before I knew it I was signed up for the Cape Rouleur, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa. The Cape Rouleur is a 537km race with 5350m of vertical climb held over 4 days in the March 35-40 degree heat in South Africa. And the The Cape Town Cycle Tour is The World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race with over 35,000 riders riding 110km around Cape Town.
The Cape Rouleur was a fantastic experience. In addition to the distances, and hills, the daily 30-40deg heat made it a tough challenge. However, the scenery and camaraderie made it a lot of fun.
Unfortunately the The Cape Town Cycle Tour was cancelled due to extremely high winds. It was the right call by the organisers, with so many riders and such strong gusts of wind, we could hardly stand up at the start line. A good excuse to go back next year and do it all again!
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