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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 29, 2010


Sunday – What better way to spend your time than on your bike! Alex went off to work – trying to earn his Staff Discount at Blacks where we’ll go tomorrow to buy some equipment (30% off) - while I did a little ride down to Midhurst, to see my grandmother. The bike was great, although the Brooks saddle is very hard still – it is leather and will take some time to mould to the shape of our bums. For now, it is very hard! I cycled 45 miles in 3 hours – 15 miles an hour. While cruising down the A3 I saw a parade of 17 old style mini coopers in a row, as well as flying past an Alfa Romeo as I went at 35mph through a 30mph zone in one of the hillside villages of West Sussex.

We head off on our UK tour on Tuesday, once we have bought some crucial equipment tomorrow.

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