Cycling is one of the most fantastic ways to enjoy the beautiful countryside. If this great hobby can be used to help raise awareness and funds for the battle against the terrible ALS disease, then that is a win-win situation. Via my wife I've known Gerben for many years and he has and continues to battle bravely against this disease that tries to take away your mobility, your independence and your dignity. Nobody deserves this fate and those who suffer fight it bravely. Much more funding is required to help current and future sufferers and to fund ongoing research. Please help me in this fight. I'll make it a special challenge for myself by trying to do the long-distance (240km's) on a bike nearly as old as me (yes, they just about exist - the wheel had just been invented).