Richard's 40th birthday - what would you do?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Cathryn, 20 Apr 2010.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    My lovely husband turns 40 this summer and we're trying to think of something to do to mark the occasion. Some kind of spectacular, a challenge, something that he can say he 'did' when he turned 40. He's climbed Kilimanjaro, he's done the Pennine Way, he's done the British Three Peaks - these are the kind of thing we'd usually think of.

    What else could he do? I've put forward cycling LeJog but that's more because I fancy it than he does :laugh:
     
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    Buy him some flying lessons.
    Mrs Ian did that for me one year (3 lessons) and absolutely loved it.
    Though didn't take it any further as the cost of a PPL is about 7 grand.
     
  3. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Light aircraft flight? Bodyflight at Bedford? http://www.bodyflight.co.uk/?gclid=CNO1j6TflKECFQZslAod5C0ePQ

    A weekend in Casablanca or Paris? I know - train to London then Eurostar to Paris? I went to have a look at St Pancras last week and it is the most stunningly beautiful and romantic railway terminus I've ever seen; a fitting place to start a romantic journey. They just need to remove that crude and vulgar couple embracing statue.
     
  4. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    If 22nd May wouldn't be too soon, how about tackling The Old 240? That is just over 400 km so call it 10km/year!

    If it is too soon, perhaps he could do it as a 'permanent' on his birthday?

    It's a ride that I'd love to do but I'm just not fit enough.

    (The Spurn Head 400 is an easier alternative ride on the same day.)
     
  5. HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    I was going to suggest a 400k audax as well. One of my colleagues did the one organised by Hull CTC for her 50th birthday. She ran the London Marathon for her 40th. This year's 400k is on 3 July. If it's the same route as last year it starts and ends and the Humber Bridge, does a loop north, back to the bridge then a loop south. The overnight element adds to the challenge.
     
  6. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    Parachute jump has always appealed. Tandem from high altitude.
     
  7. Bit of a bu66er getting a long bike in a plane isn't it Chris?
     
  8. ComedyPilot

    ComedyPilot Secret Lemonade Drinker

    All the above...plus:

    Glider flight
    Balloon Flight
    Steam train driver experience
    Taboggan ride (will have to wait for winter)
    A day on a big yacht/sailing vessel?
     
  9. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I know what I'd do, and it would involve booking something through these people (African Travel Resource). You have to have a few bob though!
     
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Hmm, something challenging...

    Has he looked after Arthur all on his own, for a whole weekend, yet?:smile:
     
  11. mangaman

    mangaman Guest

    I was going to suggest the Marathon.

    Really we need more info I feel ;)

    Is he a 400km Audax type chap, a runner, does he like extreme sports?

    We want him to have some fun as well as a challenge
     
  12. TVC

    TVC Guest

    I'm with CP on the Steam Train Driving bit, got it for Mrs VC last year, biggest grin I've ever seen on her face.
     
  13. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Launch a rocket.
     
  14. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Can i mention Racing Car day out .
     
  15. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

    Actually reaching 40 is an achievement!

    organise a very big party (with all his long lost friends in cycling fancy dress?) - get him very, very drunk; then combining other posts - next day he's in charge of arthur whilst doing a 400k audax finishing off with a parachute jump :laugh:
     
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