Take on the world's most famous bike race and join MindCycle on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July at Finsbury Avenue Square from 8.15am to 4pm each day.
The brainchild of former accountant Rob Stephenson who has bipolar disorder, MindCycle will see Rob complete every stage of the Tour on the same day as the professional racers across the Channel (all 3,329km of it in July) but while they will be whizzing around (and up and down) the French countryside, Rob will be touring the UK and taking a roadshow of bikes and trainers to workplaces across the country.
He’s also inviting you to get involved by riding Trek bikes and Cycleops Hammer trainers for 30 minutes and chatting about mental health raising funds for MQ: Transforming Mental Health, the UK’s leading mental health research charity throughout 12-13 July across Broadgate.
You can help Rob with MindCycle by either cycling with him or sponsoring him, or sharing his campaign on social with the hashtag #MindCycle2018. You can donate or get involved by clicking here.
The objectives of MindCycle, which is an initiative from Rob’s InsideOut social enterprise organisation, are to stimulate conversation about mental health; highlight the benefits of exercise on our mental wellbeing and showcase the fact that we can only get through tough mental challenges with support.
One in four people in the UK are affected by mental health illness every year – conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.
However, despite extraordinary advances in treating physical health conditions, progress in understanding mental illness, and research into its causes, treatments and prevention, is nowhere near equal.
MQ aims to tackle that through world-leading research that will have a life-changing impact on anyone with a mental health condition - ultimately, to create a world where mental illnesses are understood, effectively treated and one day made preventable. Rob himself founded a social enterprise called InsideOut last year, which aims to end the stigma surrounding mental ill-health in the workplace.