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Ben arrives in Las Vegas after Death Valley cycle

By Simon Paterson on 21 December, 2015

Back from his fund-raising adventures in Death Valley, Ben Simper, one of the client managers at RJP, said it was an amazing experience and by far the best thing he has ever done. His 5 days of gruelling cycling covered 420 miles and helped to raise £1,750 for Stroke Association - a huge achievement. On his return we asked Ben three questions about how his trip went and this is what he told us:

Q: What was the Death Valley challenge like?

Ben: Hard work because the terrain through Death Valley is not as flat as people think. There are some horrible climbs, especially on day 2 when we had to ride for 18 miles whilst constantly climbing from 260ft below sea level to an altitude of 4956 ft. This was whilst cycling into a 30mph headwind which when finally going downhill, was the scariest thing I have done on two wheels. The headwind became a crosswind pushing you off the road while achieving speeds of over 40 mph. Just to top it all off this was done cycling though a sandstorm!

Q: Would you do it again?

Ben: Absolutely, I had the time of my life and made some amazing new friends. In fact I am already planning an even bigger and better adventure. Next time I will tackle the Grand Canyon and be doing over 530 miles which means an extra 20 miles a day!

Q: How did it feel to finish?

Ben: Amazing, but also a little sad as we knew the adventure was coming to an end. It was such a huge achievement for everyone involved and very emotional at the end. We finished in Las Vegas and celebrated with a flutter in the casinos. Needless to say I lost all my money!

Ben will be taking a well-earned rest after his adventure and will be returning with the rest of the RJP team on Monday 4th January 2016, ready for an even greater challenge – the self assessment tax return season!

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