Friday, 1 May 2015

Day 22 - Thanks Mr Chuong and Mr Cuong!

H2H would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our bike mechanic Mr Chuong and passenger van driver Mr Cuong. We literally couldn't do the ride without them.

It is H2H belief that Mr Chuong is probably the best bicycle mechanic in the world. No problem is too big or too small for him and he always gives service with a smile! As ever, the team has had various issues during our epic journey, with punctures, spokes, gears, chains, pedals, brakes, derailleurs and entire wheels needing attention. Chuong gave the team bike maintenance training back in Saigon but our skills are basic at best so when problems occur it's such a help to be able to call Chuong who leaps out of the support van with his tools and spare parts to get us back on the road again. As if that wasn't enough, he's also been a translator and photographer for the team and joined in lots of the team socials too. Thanks Chuong for completing your second ride, we hope you enjoyed the experience and will stay involved with H2H in the future!

This is Mr Cuong's third H2H ride (2012, 2013, 2015) driving the passenger van, which carries the first aid kit, spare bikes and all spare parts. Mr Cuong spends the longest time on the road as he drives behind the slowest riders so that no H2H riders are left behind! He is ever patient and also amuses himself by laughing at the riders and making jokes in Vietnamese as we struggle up the long hills! Mr Cuong responded immediately when we had our 3 injuries, making sure the riders got medical attention as soon as possible. In addition, he has helped with hotels, water, directions and bike maintenance and kept the team entertained all the way. The only thing Mr Cuong won't do is eat duck meat with the team and he believes it brings bad luck. He may have a point! Thanks Mr Cuong for completing your third H2H ride, hopefully not your last!

The H2H Support Team is an essential part of H2H and enables us to ride and fundraise for our charities. Thank you for doing what you do!

Words and Pictures - Chris Rolls

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