An avid Big Issue reader is getting on his bike for our vendors as he cycles the distance of the Tour de France while locked down in his London studio flat.
Despite not being too active before the coronavirus crisis, 28-year-old Jake Hill-Gowing embarked on his Tour de Flat challenge on March 22, taking on the 2,200 mile distance of the world’s premier cycling race on an exercise bike that had been used as a “clothes horse” for the last three years.
Jake is targeting a total of £5,000 to support Big Issue vendors while they temporarily cannot sell the magazine on the streets. In particular, Jake will be putting in the effort to help Big Issue vendor Stevie who sells the magazine on London’s Old Street outside the building where Jake works for an ad agency.
“I’ve been quite friendly with The Big Issue vendor Stevie outside the front of our office for the past three years,” he told The Big Issue.
“I was looking to receive The Big Issue digitally because I buy the magazine from him every week. But then I thought: is there anything more I can do?
“Then I remembered I’ve got this exercise bike in my flat which I’ve been using for a clothes horse for the past three years and I thought: has anyone tried a sponsored cycle in self-isolation? It was just something to do to stop me going mental.”