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Shiva Gopal - Yorkshire & The Humber

Shiva Gopal - Yorkshire & The Humber

I am a consultant orthopaedic surgeon normally (or an orthopod as our breed are called) but being a passionate cyclist I call myself a 'cyclopod'.

Photo taken on completion of one of my best cycling achievements to date, the London to Paris Cycle challenge in May 2013, 300 miles in 4 days on my Cyclescheme commuter bike - a Scott Speedster.

Apart from raising over £1,500 for the charity 'The U Foundation', the highlight included visits to the British at Thiepval, and Canadian at Vimy Ridge, War memorials in Normandy and paying my homage to the brave soldiers. Loved the climbs as was one of the best of the group. 

Commute 30 miles/day- challenging hills & wind of the Yorkshire Wolds. Have to commute to three different hospitals- three different routes. Work standing 10 hours as surgeon operating on people. Start from home at 6 am and return certain days at 9 pm.

Challenge No1:

Review your Endura Luminite II Jacket.

First feel: very light (lighter than my existing two year old jacket form another company) and fits very well.

Backlight: The built in back light is an excellent safety feature as it is bright. The choice of three modes is useful. However after removing the battery flap it was a bit fiddle to place it back in the cradle. Probably the only down side as during the ride the jacket performed extremely well.

Ride: I set off just as dawn was breaking and it was cold. The jacket kept me warm yet it is nicely breathable as it didn't get me too wet from sweat after my 15 mile ride. Conclusion: Rating 4.5 out of 5 (0.5 taken off for the fiddle getting the light back in the socket). 


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