Singh of the Mountains

Cycling challenge

Not the Final Post

When I started writing this blog 10 months ago I had no idea as to how it will be received. I started the blog on the advice of my daughter Hannah who rightly said that to reach as many people as possible with my message I had to embrace social media, including FaceBook.

The other thing she so rightly mentioned was that writing a blog would bring a sense of structure into my preparation and would not only motivate me but if I ever had a change of heart would prevent me from pulling out! Once I was out in the public there was only one way – onwards and upwards.

As to what I have achieved has still not sunk in fully. I am extremely grateful for the support and overwhelmed by the messages people have sent me. I have raised an incredible amount – over £8000 for Hope. I have lost over two stone in weight, found muscles in my legs I had only seen on other cyclists and having dropped two waist sizes, feel more energetic and a new person.

It will be a shame to stop writing the blog as I would like to continue spreading the message of health and weight loss through diet and exercise as well as on cancer, diabetes and heart disease prevention. The intensity of training, fund raising and blogging has been all consuming and I hope that I would reduce the blogging to once a month or less. If you have subscribed to receive my updates you will automatically get a notification via email when I post a blog. If you have not subscribed now is the time to do so. If you want to reblog or copy and paste my messages please feel free to do so. The more people we can reach the better.

Finally I would like to mention that whilst we cyclists were doing our challenge, Val, my wife who is an illustrator has designed a Christmas card to raise funds for Hope Against Cancer. The card is based on the cycling challenge theme. (Any resemblance of Santa to me is purely coincidental!) The cards are on sale for £5.50 for a pack of 10 and orders are beginning to come in. Postage and packing will be £1.00 per pack, £3.50 for packs of five or more. Locally people can collect or if unable we can deliver. Here is an image of the card:

ho! ho! HOPE

ho! ho! HOPE

If you wish to donate here are all the different ways that you can sponsor me and make that big difference – I am keeping these sites going for a while.

text GURU67 with £amount (from £1 to £10) to 70070

Until next time – Ciao.



Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Piazza del Duomo, Milan

6 thoughts on "Not the Final Post"

  • Ron Healey says:

    Dear Guru, We cyclists that have ridden a bike all our life to enable us to be healthy, have a sport and hopefully lower pollution agree with what you have found.If only we could spread the word to all the children who get out of cars to walk the 5metres to school.Cycling would make them so much better if only……….

  • Vivienne Rhodes says:

    The pictures say it all. Well done is not expressive enough of your super- human achievement – you decided and followed through with brass knobs on!! Will definitely get Val’s lovely Christmas cards!

    Bill and Viv xx

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Guru Singh says:

      Thanks Viv and Bill. Time to catch up soon. Trying to get a slideshow organised.
      Just seen the original Italian Job – again!
      Shall keep some cards for you. Any idea as to how many?

  • jncthedc says:

    Congratulations on accomplishing so much in such a short time. I know for certain this is only the beginning. You have an important message to spread and a readership just waiting to read and ACT upon the writing. Health is not passive. You have proven that.

    I would now like to pose a friendly challenge. You have done a remarkable job reducing your weight and getting in shape. As difficult and challenging as this was, I call this part of the transition, the “easy” part. My challenge for you is to maintain the energy, health benefits and weight loss over the next two years. Maintenance is the key to healthy living and the part of weight loss so many people fail to continue with. This requires as much discipline and work as getting to the level of health you have just achieved. I hope you accept and succeed with this challenge.

    Wishing you and your family the best of health and happiness throughout the rest of the year my friend.

    • Guru Singh says:

      Thanks for great words of inspiration and the challenge. I am accepting your challenge not just for myself and my family but for my community of Shepshed.
      Hope things are going well for you and and your family and I wish you all the best of health and happiness.

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