Uphill work for brothers-in-law

John Circuit and Nick Wylie
John Circuit and Nick Wylie

A pair of brothers-in-law are gearing up to ride the length of the British Isles by bike.

Next month, Buckingham electrician John Circuit, aged 42, will be setting off from John O’Groats to cycle to Lands End in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Teenage Cancer Charity Trust.

John will be riding alongside his brother-in-law Nick Wylie, aged 40.

Nick, who is married to John’s younger sister and now lives in Leamington Spa, grew up in Botolph Claydon and attended the Royal Latin School.

The Oxford Brookes University lecturer is riding in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in memory of his best friend Andrew Gaskell who died from the disease in 2013.

Both men are keen cyclists – John is a member of Audax UK, the long-distance cyclists’ association, and regularly completes 200km rides – but they have not attempted anything on this scale before.

The ride from John O’Groats to Lands End covers about 900 miles and the pair aim to complete the ride in nine days, from Saturday, June 13, to Sunday, June 21.

This will mean averaging some 100 miles – and about 10 hours in the saddle – each day.

Riding ‘from top to bottom’ is generally considered more challenging than undertaking the journey from south to north, as it is against the prevailing wind and leaves the most difficult cycling terrain – Devon and Cornwall – until last, when the men’s legs will be most tired.

They are also riding without support, which means they will have to carry everything they need for the journey with them on their bikes.

A fundraising cake stall outside Waitrose last Saturday sold out in two hours flat, adding £376 to their charity totals.

See www.justgiving.com/Nick-Wylie3 and http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnCircuit