Chris - Business

Former UWE Bristol Business student prepares for the trip of a lifetime, as he trains to cycle the length of America’s most famous road – Route 66 - in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society.

66 miles a day for 66 daysChris Bloomfield training for charity cycle

Setting off from New York in September 2013, and ending up in Los Angeles a few months down the road, Chris will follow in the tracks of many who have experienced the spirit of America’s Main Street. From horse-drawn wagons in 1926 to open top cars and motorcycles, the route symbolises freedom for those who have come into contact with it.

Chris takes to his challenge with an attitude akin to the famous Beatnik writers who frequented the route in the 1950s; for accommodation, he plans to camp out in a tent or rely on the kindness of the people he meets along the way to put him up.

A helping hand from UWE Bristol

“UWE Bristol made me the independent person that I am today; it gave me the freedom to leave home and consider such a trip. UWE Bristol gave me the skills to be confident that I can do the things that I need to do whilst in America.”

Chris feels grateful for the advantages he has had in life, including his university education, and therefore wishes to give back to those in need. His fundraising target is £20,000 and he plans on splitting the donations between Great Ormond Street Hospital, which helps sick children, and the Alzheimer’s Society, in honour of his late grandfather.

Chris is receiving help from Bristol Olympian, mountain biker Oli Beckinsale, in what is proving a vigorous training regime – cycling up to 40 miles a day, in the rain, wind and snow.

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