A Sleaford man, who reconnected with his love of cycling during the coronavirus pandemic, is set to cycle 100km to raise awareness and boost funds for Diabetes UK.
Mike Goldacre, 47, was a keen cyclist in his teenage years, but when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993 his hobby was neglected as he struggled to manage the condition.
When Mike was furloughed from his job as an engineering and manufacturing manager he decided to dust off his bike and get back out on the road.
Mike said: “It was nothing too dramatic to start with. I cycled a few miles on some light trails. The first few miles were testing and I was having to stop regularly to check my blood glucose levels and top up.
“But I persevered with it as I really wanted to prove I could do it. My resolve was certainly tested as I was really struggling to balance my insulin and sugar levels. But I managed to find a routine and can now comfortably complete 30 km in one ride.”
So now that Mike, who is married to Kathryn, is back in his cycling groove, he has decided to challenge himself, and at the end of July he will cycle 100km in one day to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands and East regional head, said: “This is such an amazing effort from Mike. I’m delighted he has rekindled his love of cycling, and is using his passion to support Diabetes UK.
“I wish Mike the best of luck for his upcoming challenge; the money he raises will go towards supporting Diabetes UK's vital work supporting people living with diabetes and funding research.”
You can sponsor Mike on his JustGiving page.