VIDEO: Maltby cyclist's 1,500-mile charity ride

By Michael Upton | 03/09/2010 0 comments

VIDEO: Maltby cyclist's 1,500-mile charity ride


Andrew explains the idea behind his Gibraltar bike ride

Intrepid cyclist Andrew Fitzgerald is out to raise thousands for charity by cycling home from Gibraltar to Rotherham.

The determined cyclist is training hard by riding up steep hills near his home in Gibraltar - including the famous Rock - to prepare him for the 1,560-mile journey to Maltby, which starts tomorrow.

Andrew, who insists that he hasn’t ridden a bike since his paper round days, is now gearing up to spend weeks on the road crossing Spain, France and England to raise money for cancer charities in Spain and England.

The 28-year-old, whose mum Sue has successfully battled breast cancer, said: “My friends think I am insane but my aim is just to prove that an average
Joe like me can put himself in the saddle and go.
“I don’t have a physiotherapist, nutritionist, fitness instructor or guides - it is just me and a bike.

“If people are willing to sponsor me to do this, even with small donations, that would really give me additional drive and determination to get to the finish line.

“Thanks to modern advances in technology, my own mum is still here today and if my efforts can help further the research of cancer specialists, it would be wonderful.  

“It will be very tough, but the researchers and the sufferers are the heroes.”
Andrew’s epic journey, which is expected to take about 25 days, will see him camping en route and might involve pitching his tent by the roadside.

You can keep up to date with Andrew’s mammoth journey as he will be using a wind turbine-style charger to power his laptop and phone and updating his Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts during the journey.

His live progress can also be tracked via a GPS system at where donations can be made to his chosen charities -the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in the UK and the Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief.


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