REAL RIDER

Game of Thrones star Enzo Ci­lenti and his dad, Pi­etro, take to their tan­dem to raise aware­ness of Parkin­son’s dis­ease

Cycling Plus - - THE HUB -

Since my dad’s Parkin­son’s di­ag­no­sis we’ve cy­cled to­gether on rides to raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion. We’ve done three ac­cents of Mont Ven­toux, which was tough on our heavy old tan­dem, but the de­scent was an amaz­ing thrill. We’ve rid­den through the night around Lon­don, and also from Bris­tol, through Ox­ford to Cam­bridge in the BOXCAM event. Most re­cently it was the 2018 Deloitte Ride Across Bri­tain, the Land’s End to John O’Groats sportive – our tough­est chal­lenge yet. It’s a test of pa­tience, know­ing how long you’ll be in the sad­dle for each day.

Train­ing-wise I’m relieved to be un­em­ployed at the mo­ment. The weather was amaz­ing through the sum­mer and I’ve dis­cov­ered ride­with­gps.com, which has opened up whole new routes for me in coun­ties around my home in north east Lon­don. I re­cently fin­ished work­ing on a Les

Mis­er­ables TV mini-se­ries in Bel­gium. I took my bike and rode through the Ar­dennes and some of the Tour of Flan­ders route - it was more fun than the job it­self! When I was shoot­ing the Ben Wheat­ley film Free Fire in Brighton last year I took the bike and had it on a turbo in the trailer. I’d get an hour in wher­ever I could be­tween takes. It’s the best thing about the job. I lived in Los An­ge­les for a while and although the act­ing work was spo­radic but well paid, the cy­cling was amaz­ing. I’d be clock­ing up 500-mile weeks rid­ing through south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. I moved back to Lon­don for reg­u­lar work and, with the kids too, the bike went into the garage for a time. Oth­er­wise it’s the tan­dem, which is more ex­treme rid­ing, with­out want­ing to sound too dra­matic. We get up quite a lick and it’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing, un­til the road turns up and it gets re­ally hard. It’s a real lev­eller. Though some­times I’ll look at the bike com­puter and see how much less I’m do­ing com­pared with sin­gle rides, when I switch out of that mind­set and fo­cus on the chal­lenge, it gives me an even greater sense of achieve­ment when we cross the line.

The tan­dem is more ex­treme rid­ing. We get up quite a lick and it’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing

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