TWO cyclists are aiming to pedal their way from London to Paris – raising £4,000 for charity at the same time.
Billy Tansey, 44, and Duane Usher, 43, are colleagues at North East Motor Salvage in Peterlee.
They will be riding for the Stroke Association and hope to raise £2,000 each.
Starting on Thursday, September 8, they will set off on the three-day, 240-mile ride from the Thames and finish at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
The decision to help the stroke charity was rather a haphazard one.
Billy, from Pilgrim Close, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, said: “I think they chose us really. They sent faxes to businesses around the region. There was a smaller sponsored ride in Newcastle, but I clicked on to their website and saw the Paris ride. We sent off the forms and they accepted us.
“Many years ago, my mother had a stroke and made a full recovery from it.”
Billy says that he is already feeling the benefits of his tough training regime.
He added: “I was 16 stone and I aim to lose two before the ride. I’ve already lost half-a-stone. I’m at the gym nearly every night and if I’m not I’m on my bike.
“I did the Sunderland Big Bike Ride at Herrington Park recently. That was 40 miles. Then we did a round trip to Hexham, which was 92 miles.”
North East Motor Salvage is donating £100 to the charity for each car they take in for salvage.
If you would like to donate to the boys’ efforts, go to www.justgiving.com/billy-tansey or www.justgiving.com/duane-usher.