Cyclists battle against the odds to finish course
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
TWO friends have completed a 100km bike ride and raised £500 — despite one of their bikes breaking 30 miles into the event.
The pair completed the bike ride in seven hours, crossing the finish line together.
However, Mr Booth suffered problems with his gears, brakes and chain 30 miles into the route.
The pair had to stop three times — for 30 minutes each time — while mechanics provided a quick fix for the bike.
Mr Booth, a student liason officer at Bolton Sixth Form College, said the ride was a struggle but added he did not let the broken bike ruin their day and that the event had left them smiling for days.
He said: “It was a fantastic day all round. The weather was great apart from a bit of wind and there is always so much support from people on and off the route.
“There were people offering drinks out and there’s lots of encour-agement.”
Mr Booth did a similar bike ride last year for the same charity and wanted to do it again — although he said this year was more of a mental challenge.
He said: “I did a bike ride last year from Manchester to Blackpool using a racing bike which was tough. This year I used an actual road bike and although it was less time it was mentally challenging.”
More than 2,000 cyclists took part in the event on Sunday.
A spokesman for the charity said: “The money people raised in sponsorship for the challenge will make a huge difference to the lives of our cancer patients and their families, so thank you so much for your wonderful support.”
For more information go to christie.nhs.uk
Comments are closed on this article.