We support "Trappen tegen grenzen", an initiative of Anneke (who rode Dirty Boar 2019). In 2020 she cycled the complete border of Belgium (+- 1700 km) in 14 days, to collect funds for UilenSpiegel vzw. By doing this she wants to support rehabilitation by cycling for people with a psychological vulnerability and counter the stigma’s that surround them.
Anneke says: Life is like riding a bicycle, said Einstein, to keep your balance you've got to keep moving. Sometimes i lost that balance in the past but my bicycle helped me to find a steady & smooth pace. And it still helps me today. I started cycling to be able to live and in the meantime i am living to cycle as much as possible.My bicycle is not only my favorite means of transportation but it's also a source of power and balance in my own battle with my psychological vulnerability. I now would like to use that power to help others. For those that are looking to find a smooth pace in their life but are hitting all kinds of limits in their search.
In 2021 Anneke and her gravelsister Nathalie (who rode Dirty Boar several times) founded their own "Trappen Tegen Grenzen" – cycling team. In 2022 they will train, coach and support 7 people with a psychological vulnerability to make their own “Tour The Force” (cycling the complete border of Belgium). By coaching them to complete this challenge, Anneke and Nathalie hope to support them in their further mental rehabilitation and strengthen a positive self-image.
Check out the website, where you get introduced to the team, and find information to support by donation or partnership. Or maybe you are looking to complete your own “Tour de Force” in a future edition?