Thousand-mile journey from points to peaks for Lowestoft cyclists
They have undertaken a gruelling 2,000-mile bike ride across the UK from its highest peaks to its furthest points.
But Ashley Reeves (36) and Tony Holland (57) have set themselves to the task in order to raise hundreds of pounds for a good cause. The keen-cyclists from Lowestoft will ride to the four corners of Britain, as well as scaling Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, before finishing at Scotland's most northerly point, Dunnet Head. The pair said they plan to stick to country roads so they can experience the UK's idyllic waterways and countryside throughout their journey. Speaking during the trip, Ashley said: 'We have already passed some lovely locations. We spent the night in Great Barford on the side of the River Ouse where a couple of people put us up, which was really nice. 'We had a terrible first couple of days. The weight of Tony's trailer was causing his front wheel to nearly lift off the ground. 'But we were recommended to visit a bike shop in Diss who managed to distribute the weight for him. 'Other than that, it has been a good. The longest day so far was 39 miles, but we hope to get up to an average of 40 miles per day as the trip goes on – we are not in a rush to do it though.'
The riders are hopeful of completing the journey in 78 days (10 weeks) with all the sponsorship money being split between mental health charity Mind and the Smile Train, dedicated to supporting children with cleft palettes.
Ashley was inspired to ride for Mind after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder 14 years ago.
If you would like to support the riders by donating money to charity visit their Just Giving pages at http://www.justgiving.com/peaksandpointsbikerideuk.
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For more information and updates of the trip, visit www.facebook.com/PeaksAndPointsCycleRide2012
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