I recently spent time living and working with ethnic Karenni refugees on the Thailand Burma border. This personal experience made me acutely aware of the difficulties and struggles that Burmese people from all ethnic groups continue to face every day.
I will be raising money for the Burma Campaign UK to support their campaigns for human rights and democracy for all.
I am a little bit nervous about completing the race, especially as until recently I hadn't ridden a bicycle since childhood.
The race takes place on a spectacular route with Table Top Mountain in the background. But it can also be very challenging. As any sailor can tell you, the weather here on the Cape is unpredictable. One year many people couldn't complete the race because a heatwave with temperatures of 42C caused heatstroke. Another year gales with winds of 60km an hour resulted in more than 70 cyclists needing to be picked up by ambulance.
But I am determined to complete the race come what may, as I know how much the funds I raise can make a difference.