Riders gear up for ‘Banbury to Guatemala’ challenge

Team Tadmarton prior to last year's event
Team Tadmarton prior to last year's event

A group of fundraising cyclists are getting ready to clock up more than 6,000 miles in a day, in the ‘Banbury to Guatemala’ Cycle Challenge.

On Saturday, June 25, cyclists will attempt to beat last year’s target by cycling around the Northamptonshire Countryside to raise funds for the work of the Nicodemus Trust.

The trust supports young adults and children from challenging backgrounds in both the UK and Guatemala.

The sponsored cycle was started last year by Billy Foster, a member of Young Adults with Purpose, run by the Nicodemus Trust in Banbury, which provides adult mentors for young people, to help and guide them with practical life choices.

They also receive support to carry out community activities that help others.

The challenge was to collectively cycle the mileage from Banbury, where the first Young Adults with Purpose project started, to Guatemala – a distance of 5,313 miles.

That target was smashed and the cyclists rode 6,480.5 miles between them.

The 2016 cycle challenge offers a 50-mile figure-of-eight route through rolling countryside, from a base at Brackley Town Football Club, which will be providing refreshments and changing facilities.

Cyclists can choose a distance to match their fitness levels, with 25, 50, 75 or 100-mile options available.

Billy, who managed 50 miles last time, is unable to take part this year, due to an injury, but will be there to cheer people on.

The Cycle Challenge is supporte by local businesses Entertainer Toy Shops, Faccenda, Murphy Salisbury Accountants, The Green Room, and Tadmarton Products.

To enter the Cycle Challenge, see www.nicodemustrust.org.uk