Palaces on Wheels 2021

Michael Maqsood

Hello, I’m Michael Maqsood. I was diagnosed with cancer last summer, and went through treatment through most of last year. Thankfully, I am in remission and count this as a blessing amongst the many blessings that I have, including my three beautiful children. It was a difficult time for me in many ways, but it allowed me to reflect on my past, my future, and gave a completely different perspective to the life that I had lived. I had been solely focused on building my business for the last 20 years and nothing else really mattered.

Michael Maqsood

The obstacles in business and life are no longer challenges and I had become quite bored, but when I heard about this cycling challenge, I had a mix of emotions! As a boy, cycling was a passion and I would cycle to school every day, and in the summers my friends and I would cycle to distant places to explore- good times! After my first encounter with cancer back in 2017, I realised that I had to give back to society in my own small way. Since then, I have raised funds for many worthy causes, and I hope to continue to do so. I am looking forward to meeting some amazing people on this ride and forming life-long friendships. After all, life is short.


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Meet the cyclists taking part in Palaces on Wheels.