NSPCC staff member takes on the Tour of England

Search Marketing Manager Juan Greyling gives insight into the world of cycling and why it's great to be part of it

JuanIt’s relatively easy to spot the cyclists among us in an office environment - even after the lycra has morphed into work attire.

With helmet hair, flushed cheeks and a backpack, you’ll quickly learn who they are.

For those who don’t cycle it can be hard to understand the enjoyment of it - particularly when getting to work without breaking a sweat is a priority.

But there are hidden motivations for each keen cyclist, and to understand one a little better as part of Bike Week (13-21 June), we spoke to our SEO Manager Juan Greyling.


"The little bit of suffering that I would endure on a bike during a ride pales in comparison to what some people have had to endure every single day."
Juan Greyling / NSPCC SEO Manager

The pain is nothing compared to the cause


Juan cycles, on average, 50 kilometres a day to and from work. However, when getting from A to B isn't a necessity he's realised cycling can be less about the destination and more about the cause.

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Juan set out on his affectionately named fourth set of wheels, 'Bella', for our NSPCC Tour of South East – a gruelling 169 mile tour looping past Brighton and back up to Guilford.

"I didn't know what to expect. I wanted to see what it was about and it was more about the people around you than going fast.

“Working for a children’s charity it’s opened my eyes. Some children don’t have it that well and usually it’s adults making life hard for kids.

“It’s about giving back – the little bit of suffering that I would endure on a bike during a ride pales in comparison to what some people have had to endure every single day.”

"There’s a battle in you with the person that hates the pain and you have to calm him down with the person that accepts the pain and just powers through."
Juan Greyling / NSPCC SEO Manager

About 70 cyclists spurred each other on as they powered through some of the most breath-taking country-side on offer in the UK for our NSPCC Tour of South East, with full support and seeded groups - but not everything went to plan.

On the second leg of the 2-day tour, Juan's beloved 'Bella' broke forcing him onto the support bike.

“It wasn’t really geared for hills, so I did struggle a bit on the Sunday.

“I was just out of the saddle absolutely grinding up a massive hill. My legs were definitely screaming after that.

“But for me, it’s about pushing myself against myself. There’s a battle in you with the person that hates the pain and you have to calm him down with the person that accepts the pain and just powers through.

“It’s my character or my being to do something where I overcome myself through my own physical strength. It’s mental strength as well. I thrive on it.

"But more than anything, the pain, the pace, it's about the event itself. You chat to the people around you and just take it all in. The scene, the people, the weather, everything was amazing - I am definitely doing it again next year."

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