Mammoth cycle ride to raise funds for hospice

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A TEAM of cyclists will attempt to bike from London to Rome in aid of St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

Brian Rycroft, Andrew Parkinson, William Taylor, Simon Davies and Askam Construction founder John Lowery will be cycling a route of 1,100 miles, which will be covered in 13 days beginning at Trafalgar Square on April 27.

Brian said: “Training has been hampered by a series of bad backs, broken legs and visits to the hotel NHS, but all is coming together with the help of a bit of sticking plaster and plenty of Ibuprofen.

“We will travel through eastern France to Switzerland, cross over the Alps via the Simplon Pass between Montreux (Switzerland) and Aosta (Italy), and then wind our way through northern and western Italy to Rome.

“Given all five of us will cycle the full distance, a support vehicle and driver was sought.

“Askam Construction has kindly agreed to provide a vehicle, and Jim Nicholson has volunteered to drive, talk Italian and lend support.

“We will be entirely self-financed and, therefore, every penny we can raise will go direct to St John’s Hospice. Our target is £15,000 plus – every penny counts!”

See The Visitor (10-04-12) for full story.