'Magnificent seven' to take on 180-mile coast-to-coast mountain bike charity challenge
Eight mountain bike riders are taking on a gruelling 180-mile challenge over four days in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for two Lincolnshire children’s charities.
The friends will spend the May bank holiday in the saddle in a mainly off-road version of the coast-to-coast route between St Bees in the Lake District and Robin Hood’s Bay in north Yorkshire.
And they will average more than 40 miles each day and cover only 15 miles on public roads, with the rest of the scenic route following mountainous paths and bridleways.
The team consists of seven men from the Saxilby and Lincoln areas, two support drivers Dave Dennis and Mark Daniels – and the 13-year-old son of one participant who will join the group on their final 25-mile leg into the seaside town on Sunday, May 5.
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They will set off from Cumbria next Thursday, May 2, in the fundraiser for Kids Strut – which supports disabled Lincolnshire eight to 19-year-olds – and St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice
“We will climb and descend roughly 17,983 feet in the total ride over some of England's most spectacular and harshest countryside,” said 42-year-old mechanic Dan Melladay, from Saxilby.
“The ride will take us across the Lake District and up Scafell Pike, England's tallest mountain, into the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
“My son Mike, who will be joining us on the final day, has trained alongside us for the last few months and is a seasoned mountain biker.”
The team has also trained on Steep Hill in Lincoln, along the Sherwood Pines cross-country circuit in Nottinghamshire and on the 23-mile Dalby Forest course in North Yorkshire.
It is made up of Mr Melladay, his nephew Dave Forbes, a 23-year-old engineer also from Saxilby;vehicle air conditioning engineer Ady Payne, 41, from Skellingthorpe; Richard Hunt, 37, from Marton near Gainsborough; James Clarke, 35, a quarry foreman from Saxilby; Gawaine Clarke, 46, from North Hykeham; and Tom Dziadkiewicz, 30, a Lincoln firefighter.