Five young farmers who until recently did not even own bicycles will embark on a challenge to cycle from Winslow to Blackpool in less than 24 hours.
The quintet are all members of Edgcott and Winslow Young Farmers and decided to mark the club’s 50th anniversary by cycling the 200 miles to the national YFC annual general meeting at the seaside resort.
The team, made up of Michael Fisk, 24, Dave Hastings, 24, Will Ives, 21, Henry Mitchell, 23 and Alan Burborough, 23, have also pledged to raise £1,000 each for two charities close to the club - Royal Agricultural Benevolent Association and Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Alan said: “We have not owned bikes since we were at school so we all went out and bought road bikes. We are going to go all out and get there as quick as we can. We have not done much training because we are all farmers so fitting it in around lambing has been a problem.
“We have supported RABI in the past. They do a great deal and everyone in farming knows someone that RABI have helped.”
The group chose their second charity in support of club chairman Will Ives whose mother died of motor neurone disease in 2012. The young farmers will be supported by two additional team members, Abi Burborough, Alan’s twin, and Daniel Latty, 23.
Alan continued: “The hardest thing is going to be the endurance and keeping going through the night, in the dark.
“I am a bit nervous but we are definitely looking forward to it.”
To help go to www.justgiving.com/Edgcott-winslow-24hr-Cycle-Challenge1