“You mean you can Facetime us from your camp site”, my daughter said incredulously. “From the middle of nowhere?” she continued. “You lot are mad!” OK she was more annoyed that I was taking our WiFi-only iPad away with me as I took some time out of my day job in Cisco Data Center Services, to participate in 2 stages of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. Prior to the ride, I blogged about this challenge here, discussing the scale of the event and our target to raise money for Paralympic athletes. A nine day, 969 mile cycle over some of the most challenging terrain in Britain, the ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain’ was an immense physical and mental challenge. From Saturday 8th September until Sunday 16th September (just passed), over 700 riders took part in this epic journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. For the second year in a row, Cisco provided key technical support to the riders, so that they were able to focus fully on this enormous and exciting journey.
If you’ve read my previous blogs on data center services, you may be surprised to know I sometimes have a life outside work!! In a departure from my previous blogs discussing data center services, cloud adoption and IT architecture transformation, here is some news on a major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, where myself and over 60 colleagues are taking part in various stages of a 963 cycle “Ride Across Britain”.
You can read more here on our Corporate Social Responsibility blog.
And when I get back, as well as posting some photos and new of the journey, I’ll tell you more about the latest in Cisco Data Center Services land!
This Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th September 2012, respectively, will be challenging days for me, and will count among two of the most physically demanding days of my life. On Thursday evening I will join my Cisco colleagues taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or RAB as we call it), to raise funds for the Paralympics GB team. I’ll forsake my desk and comfortable chair, and over Friday and Saturday, I will cycle 238 miles (close to 400km!), including over 11,000 feet (over 3,300m) of climbing, from just outside Glasgow, in the west of Scotland, to Fort William, and then on to Kyle of Sutherland, which is around 40 miles north of Inverness.
On Thursday and Friday evening, I will join the camps – yes, tents in a field, no luxury hotels here!! – as you can see from my short video from last year’s RAB camp at one of the stages.
Wow, this will be quite a change for me! Normally I’m part of the Cisco Data Center Services team – you may have seen my previous blogs on Cisco Data Center Services, including Cloud and Cisco Intelligent Automation. Let me tell you a bit more about this major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, and the role that Cisco technology is playing as we traverse the country.