Nicodemus Trust riders power their way through 6,000 miles in challenge

The riders get ready to set off from Brackley Town Football Club on Saturday. NNL-150624-173005001
The riders get ready to set off from Brackley Town Football Club on Saturday. NNL-150624-173005001

Sixty one cyclists collectively cycled more than 6,000 miles in a ‘Banbury to Guatemela’ challenge to raise funds for Deddington-based charity The Nicodemus Trust.

The challenge on Saturday was to ride the 5,313-mile distance between the town and the country in Central America and the group smashed the target to reach a staggering 6,480 miles.

Riders getting ready to set off from Tadmarton on their cycle challenge for the Nicodemus Trust in Deddington. NNL-150624-172941001

Riders getting ready to set off from Tadmarton on their cycle challenge for the Nicodemus Trust in Deddington. NNL-150624-172941001

They completed the journey over a figure of eight countryside route centred on Brackley Town Football Club.

The idea was devised by Billy Foster, a member of ‘Young Adults with Purpose’ in Banbury which is a movement of young adults operated and supported by the Nicodemus Trust. He wanted to give something back to the charity after benefitting from its work.

Mr Foster said: “I managed 50 miles today and I am definitely doing more next year. Even my mentor Paul Warman managed 50 miles with me!

“I could do it again tomorrow! We could not have done it without our trainer, Brian Watson.”

Billy Foster and his mentor Paul Warman pictured at the end of the cycle challenge NNL-150624-172915001

Billy Foster and his mentor Paul Warman pictured at the end of the cycle challenge NNL-150624-172915001

Cyclists were able to choose 25, 50, 75, or 100-mile options and many people supported the event.

Local businesses also lent their support and sponsored the challenge, including The Entertainer Toy Shop, Tadmarton Products, Faccenda and The Green Room.

Snacks and drinks were provided by Sainsbury’s, Tescos, Bookers and the Co-op.

Steve Miles, who presented the ‘World of Hope: Nicodemus in Guatemala’ documentary, started the cyclists off and said: “It is inspiring to be part of the Nicodemus Trust Cycle Challenge and seeing what happens when the potential of a Young Adult is empowered and released.

Some riders suffered puncture during their cycle routes through Northamptonshire. NNL-150624-172847001

Some riders suffered puncture during their cycle routes through Northamptonshire. NNL-150624-172847001

“Watching the ripples go out with the other Young Adults getting involving both cycling and serving shows that young people really can transform the world.”

The Nicodemus Trust is already starting to plan next year’s event and build on the success of this year’s ride.

Anyone interested in supporting the cycle challenge as a rider, sponsor or volunteer should email cycle@nicodemustrust.org.uk

To view a video of the cycle challenge visit www.nicodemustrust.org.uk/#!cyclechallenge/cgkj