Four cyclists are cycling 490 miles to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of their grandfather, who died in June 1944 during a bombing mission over France.
The cyclists are Anthony Machin, born in Preston now living in Bedfordshire, Andy Cribbin, born in Preston now living in Chorley, Phil Cribbin, born in Preston now living in the United States and Rob Sneddon, who lives in Chorley.
Volkswagen Van Centre Lancashire is providing the riders with their support vehicle as they put the wheels in motion to raise over £5,000 for Help for Heroes.
The mammoth challenge is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Sgt George Cribbin, from Preston, who perished on June 8 1944 during a bombing mission over France, aged just 24, leaving behind a two- year-old boy and pregnant wife.
The ride began on June 2 from the former Royal Airforce airfield at Breighton in East Riding of Yorkshire where Sgt Cribbin began his mission, and will finish at Courances Cemetery, near Versailles, where he was laid to rest with five comrades.
Sgt Cribbin’s grandson, Anthony Machin, said: “I will be cycling with my two cousins, Andy Cribbin and Phil Cribbin plus a family friend, Rob Sneddon. We plan to complete the challenge in a week and will have to average 70 miles a day.
“We can all ride a bike but have never done anything like this before so are frantically training.
“This challenge is a family affair; we wanted to honour the 70th anniversary of my grandfather’s death and felt raising money for Help for Heroes would be a fitting tributer.
To support the riders’ visitg www. bmycharity.com/andycribbin1