Two cyclists will attempt to ride down the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours to raise money for Grantham Disabled Children’s Society.
Grantham cyclists Ben Pacey and Joe Kidd will climb a total of 3,000m as part of the challenge and hope to raise at least £3,000, £1 for each metre, for the charity’s Disney Fund which takes children to DisneyLand Paris. Their driver will be Anthony Harrod-Jackson, who will also act as a reserve cyclist.
Ben and Joe will ride special downhill bikes with suspension that can cope with the massive pounding that they will suffer on the slopes. The cyclists say they will reach speeds of up to 40mph and they will be starting and ending their descents in the dark. As an added safety precaution they will wear full body armour and helmets.
Ben and Joe will also be carrying cameras and will video their descents down Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales. They will start their 24 hour challenge on October 4 on Ben Nevis, possibly about 4am.
Ben, who runs his own cycle mechanic business, said: “People have called us crazy but I don’t think it is. People have done crazier things. I am really looking forward to it. I can’t wait.”
Last year Ben rode down Snowdon. It took him 20 minutes. In many ways, the ascent of each mountain with their bikes will be much harder. They will ride their bikes up but will also have to push and carry them.
The team believe they could be the first to attempt to ride down the mountains in 24 hours. Ben say they haven’t found any evidence of the challenge being done before.
Before they take up the challenge, the team would like local businesses to donate items such as energy drinks and food as well as bike accessories such as lights and inner tubes. A local business has loaned them a hire van for their journey. The cyclists will wear T-shirts with the names of companies who have sponsored them.
If anybody can help the team they can call Ben on 07401 726356. You can also visit his Facebook page at bpacey1.
You can also sponsor the cyclists and make a donation to Grantham Disabled Children’s Society via Paypal. The account is firstname.lastname@example.org The society’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/GD CS/93370763927
While the cyclists are attempting their challenge, the charity’s fundraisers will be doing a tour of the town’s pubs in fancy dress to raise more cash for the Disney Fund.
Pictured above, from left, are Anthony Harrod-Jackson, fundraisers Nic Smith, Kaz Smith and Micky Stokes, and cyclists Ben Pacey and Joe Kidd. Ben’s daughter Bethany, 5, is fourth from left.