Hi, I’m Dave, one of the Technical Advisors here at Aico. I’ve been with the company for 27 years, so I’ve seen a lot of change in my time! One of the biggest changes has been the creation of our CSR initiative, Aico in the Community. This is a great initiative and I love that we can get so involved, I find it very rewarding to see the difference we can make.
As part of Aico in the Community, we have been working with Adrenaline Sporting Events, supporting their events. In 2019, I volunteered at the Midnight Ride and decided I would like to be more involved and take part next time. Unfortunately, the pandemic led to all events being cancelled so I made sure I was signed up for this year.
I wanted to challenge myself as I cycle to and from work, but I wasn’t sure I could bike over 70 miles! I started training 3 months before the event, increasing my visits to the Aico gym to improve my all-around fitness and going out on my bike, training for the hills and increasing my mileage steadily from 10 miles up to 50 miles. Seeing the routes and what I had achieved on Strava spurred me on and having the support of my friends and colleagues made me more determined.
I found the Midnight Ride quite a challenge. I hadn’t ridden in the dark before, so it was a bit daunting, I also found riding with so many other riders difficult and awkward at times. The biggest issue I had on the night was my front light running out of charge for the last 23 miles! Luckily, my colleague Matt Small was amazing and on hand to help me through that part of the night. I returned back to Aico HQ wet, shattered and a bit overwhelmed. I managed to finish the Midnight Ride, the furthest I had ever cycled and exceed my fundraising target!
All in all, it was a great experience to be a part of alongside my colleagues Matt and Mike, and I’m looking forward to the next event – Pedal the Borders in July. Bring it on!
by Dave Jennings