Six riders will cycle 1,000km from Towcester to France next month in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity.
The cyclists, Peter Borner, 57, Sarah Bryan, 33, Gareth Sullivan, 35, Edward Borner, 26, Ed Coleridge Smith, 28, and Rob Palmer, 28, aim to complete the Bike2Give challenge in under seven days, cycling on average 160km a day.
The funds raised will be split between Towcester Rotary Club, of which organiser Peter Borner is a member and Macmillan Cancer Support.
He said: “My father died of leukaemia last year and I put the two things together and thought we could make a little bit of a difference. Personally it is a win, win situation for me, to get fit and raise money.”
Up until September last year Mr Borner did not even own a bike. Now he cycles around 30km a day and has lost two-and-a-half stone since January. Mr Borner explained everyone had been touched by cancer in their lives which is why they chose to support Macmillan. Some years ago team member Gareth was diagnosed with bowel cancer and became seriously ill. Now he is fully recovered and able to take part in the ride.
The team has suffered some challenges in their preparations including two occasions where they have been knocked off their bikes during training runs.
The ride to Bordeaux will set off from the Saracen’s Head in Towcester at 8.30am on April 6. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/bike2give