A WEARSIDE cyclist is gearing up for a gruelling challenge this summer.
Community care worker Stephen Roberts will attempt to ride the 310 miles from London to Newcastle in just 24 hours.
The fund-raiser is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides nurses to those suffering from the killer illness.
“It seems like everybody knows someone or has a family member who has been affected by cancer, so I think it’s a worthy charity to raise money for,” said Stephen, 29, of Hetton.
“I did a ride from London to Paris for Help for Heroes last year, and each year I try to do one big ride for charity.
“I know it’s going to be a really hard challenge, harder than London to Paris, but I’m up for it and can’t wait to get going.
“Sanctuary Bikes in Shiney Row have helped me build a custom bike for the ride and that should see me through.
“There are loads of other people doing it, but I think I’m the only one from this area.” To help Stephen’s fund-raising drive, a coffee morning is taking place at Grounds coffee shop, in Front Street, Hetton, from 10am to midday on Saturday.
All are welcome to attend.
As part of his training, Stephen will also be appealing to shoppers at the Galleries to donate as he rides a bike machine at the Washington retail centre.
“Initially, I was hoping to raise about £1,000 from the ride, but with doing the coffee morning and the static ride at the Galleries, I think I could get over £2,000.
“To be honest, anything more than that would be brilliant.”
The ride begins in London on Saturday, August 30.
To donate towards Stephen’s bike ride fund-raising, go to www.justgiving.com/stephen-roberts85.
Alternatively, you can text Hour55 followed by the amount you’d like to donate to 70070.