Cycle ride in aid of cystic fibrosis

The four cyclists
The four cyclists

FOUR friends are pedalling all the way to Spain on a non-stop charity bike ride.

Darren Byrne, 26, of Duke Mews, St Leonards, Ricky Matthews, 26, of Chambers Road, 29-year-old Henry Broadhurst, of Vale Road, St Leonards, and Matthew Day, 29, of Doucegrove, St Leonards, will be biking it to Barcelona and back for seven days.

The mammoth cycling challenge involves a 2,000-mile return trip from Hastings to Barcelona.

All four cyclists are doing the fundraiser in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust.

James Beeching, the main organiser of the event, dubbed Barcelona Boomerang, suffers from the disease.

He will be part of the support team going out to Spain, alongside the riders whose challenge has been pencilled in for September next year.

Mr Beeching, the cyclists, and other organisers held a launch party at Venuu on Friday, September 23, in the Old Town to mark the start of 12 months of fundraising events for the CF Trust.

They are hoping to raise at least £30,000.

Mr Beeching said: “This is a mammoth cycling challenge in which four friends will try and defy all odds cycling an amazing 2,000 miles from Hastings to Barcelona and back.

“This is a non-stop challenge, as a team we will be constantly cycling 24 hours a day for seven days. So when two riders are resting, the other two will be pedalling. Our team of cyclists are completely new to road cycling.

“With the event starting next September, the weeks are flying by, as our training and planning have been underway for more than six months.”

Cystic fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food.

Some of the upcoming events Mr Beeching and his team are organising over the next 12 months include a race night, two golf days, a football tournament, poker tournament and school non-uniform days.

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