Novice cyclists get ready for an uphill challenge

From the left, Neil Gothard, Chris Cox and Andrew (Ted) Barber.

From the left, Neil Gothard, Chris Cox and Andrew (Ted) Barber. 140211M-D252

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Three friends from Thornborough are preparing to take on a momentous cycle challenge in November.

Chris Cox, Neil Gothard, and Andrew Barber (known as Ted) will be cycling across Death Valley, in the Californian desert region, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity.

Mr Cox’s wife, Nicky, told the Advertiser: “It was all Neil’s idea. He wanted to do something challenging for his 30th year. He suggested it to the boys down the pub and they all decided to go for it.”

It will take the men five or six days to cross Death Valley.

Mr Cox, aged 39, said: “There is a road going through Death Valley but it is mountainous. You’re talking the best part of 60 miles a day for five days. Day 4 is the best part of 60 miles and it’s all uphill.

“We’re new to biking. We are all starting pretty much from scratch but we’ve got till November.

“We’ve got a proper training plan in place now.”

But he added: “I went out for a bike ride yesterday and it sleeted, it rained, there was a gale force wind and at that point I regretted it!”

The men have started raising money towards their £15,000 target, and plan a series of fundraising events throughout the year, including a BlackTie Vegas Night Ball at Buckingham Town Hall and an evening with TV motorsport pundit Gary Anderson.


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