Friday, 6 July 2012

Air Ambulance cyclists are mountain high

Photo: Robin and Barbara Cooper at the top of Gotthard Pass. They started the ride a week earlier.

A group of charity bike riders cycling from the birthplace of the Olympics in Greece to the London 2012 stadium face their toughest day tomorrow (Saturday).

Canon Edward Condry, Canon Treasurer of Canterbury Cathedral, and his Olympic torch-bearing son Jerome are among the riders taking part in the challenge for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

They set off on their 1,500-mile journey from Mount Olympus last week and will reach the half- way stage tomorrow (July 7th).

They will cycle a total of 120 miles in just one day as they scale the 6,909ft-high Gotthard Pass in Switzerland – a cobbled mule track which has 38 hairpin bends.

Ed said: “We are all experienced cyclists but this will be our greatest challenge yet. Cycling 120 miles a day in blistering heat is incredibly draining and tomorrow’s ride over the Alps looks pretty terrifying.

“Once on the Gotthard Pass we are looking forward to being joined by 15 more cyclists for the journey to the Olympics. We have all been raising money for the Air Ambulance which is such a good cause.”

The 27 cyclists have so far raised a fantastic £40,000 of their target £50,000 for the charity which relies almost entirely on donations and receives no statutory government funding.

To sponsor them go to or text AIR OLYMPICS to 70300.

Supporters can follow their progress at where the Global Positioning System (GPS) system updates their location every 10 minutes.


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