Cy­cle pals em­bark on 14,000 mile ad­ven­ture

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - DANIELLE ROPER

APAIR of univer­sity pals are gear­ing up to try and smash a world cy­cling record for char­ity by con­quer­ing the world’s long­est road.

Chris Lally, 21, from Rich­mond Hill in Mac­cles­field, and his pal Danny Beech, 22, from Leeds, plan to cy­cle the Pan-Amer­i­can High­way from Alaska to Ar­gentina in 100 days to raise £14,000 for brain in­jury char­ity Head­way.

They are tak­ing on the chal­lenge in mem­ory of uni pal Alex Richard­son who at­tended their uni- ver­sity, St An­drews in Scot­land, and who trag­i­cally died of a brain in­jury in 2009.

To break the cur­rent 125-day record for the 14,000 mile jour­ney from Prud­hoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Ar­gentina, the boys need to clock up 140 miles a day.

The trip will see the boys en­counter many dif­fer­ent cli­mates across 14 coun­tries in­clud­ing Canada, the USA, Mexico and Panama, from where they will take a boat to Carta­gena in Colom­bia, as the land bor­der is im­pass­able be­tween the two coun­tries.

They will then face the An­des be­fore de­scend­ing into Ar­gentina.

Chris, a physics grad­u­ate, said: “It’s about do­ing some­thing a bit crazy and dif­fer­ent. We thought in­stead of just get­ting 9-5 jobs straight­away we would do some­thing spec­tac­u­lar.

“I love the feel­ing of not know­ing what is go­ing to hap­pen.

“It would be amaz­ing if we do it in 100 days but I’ll be pretty happy if we just fin­ish to be hon­est.”

The de­ter­mined pair are ex­pe­ri­enced cy­clists and have cy­cled around Scot­land, from John O’Groats to Land’s End and from Calais to Rome over the last three years.

But Chris ad­mit­ted that the task was no mean feat and that mum Julie and dad John were ‘proud but wor­ried’.

He also added that it would be ‘tricky’ to man­age the gear they needed to take with them and that they would need to leave clothes be­hind along the way.

To pre­pare they trained for a week in Scot­land and man­aged a mas­sive 970 miles in seven days.

They are also cut­ting down on fatty foods and al­co­hol and in­creas­ing their car­bo­hy­drate in­take ahead of their chal­lenge, which be­gins on July 29.

Head­way raises aware­ness of brain in­juries and their preven­tion and of­fers phys­i­cal and so­cial sup­port to those af­fected.

To do­nate go to just­giv­ing.com/Danny-Beech1.

See cy­cletheam­er­i­cas. co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

●● Chris Lally and Danny Beech at East Sands in St An­drews where they at­tend univer­sity to­gether. Right: Chris (right) and Danny cel­e­brat­ing at Land’s End af­ter rid­ing from John O’Groats in seven days

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