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We are doing this ride to raise money for Research Autism. We are aiming to raise £20,000.
We are supporting Research Autism because my cousin Jamie is severely affected by the disease, and I have seen its effects not only on him but on the whole family." He is 13yrs old, but cannot yet talk.
Just take a moment to imagine not being able to talk.
Imagine understanding everything going on around you, but not being able to comment.
Imagine having to be dressed every morning in clothes you don't choose, and then hurting your parents as you try to tell them you wanted the blue shirt today.
Imagine being swamped by having to hear everything that everyone is saying around you, and not being able to listen to just one thing at once. Jamie loves being in a swimming pool, just floating, legs held motionless by the weight of the water, while he keeps his ears underwater to just relax, hearing nothing.
He understands everything - he appears to have a photographic memory - but can’t get his thoughts out.
Frustration leads to despair, and anger, which is just one of the many things that his family has to deal with.
He has extremely specific eating requirements and requires round the clock supervision. Jamie is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum, but given that one in 100 people suffer from the disease (with varying severity), and that everyone has some autistic traits, it is shocking that so little is known about it'.
Click here to support our cause and donate to Research Autism.
Read the "Meet Jamie" post - the only post in February, for more information about Jamie, and a poem - painstakingly slow for Jamie to type, but ultimately incredible.

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March 26, 2010


Today we bought a bike - A Cannondale Tessoro 2010. Now ardent followers of this blog would think that we bought two bikes yesterday and one today, which, if they had a background in accountancy, makes three bikes. We plan to buy another bike on Monday. Four.

"2 boys, 2 bikes, 5000km, £25000" is the mission brief. So, something doesn't quite add up.

To clear things up, we didn't buy two bikes yesterday, although we did order in two Dawes Galaxy's to test ride. Today, Alex took both the Dawes and the Cannondale on rides, and concluded that the Cannondale would be better to go for because we would have to change many things on the Dawes - such as the spokes and the wheel hub. We would also have to change the saddle, and add some racks. This would make it a great bike, but it would cost more than just the arm and the leg that the Cannondale costs.

We understand that we need to get fit for our mission, so we have decided to minimise the number of limbs we lose in the shops. Despite Dawes' efforts to entice us - they sent us water bottles, T-Shirts and reflective strips, we will go with the Cannondale.

Because I need a large bike, or indeed perhaps an extra-large, I could not get my bike today, but will collect it on Monday from the biggest bicycle shop in Europe - just south of Gatwick - where we will get all the kit we need to start our mini tour of southern england.

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