A team of ten cyclists from RAF Northolt are going to cycle 1,400 miles from Bari in Italy to London in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The Eurodash cycle ride is extremely demanding, and the team will be cycling on average 100 miles per day. That’s about nine hours a day in the saddle in the saddle.
The riders will be cycling over the Alps during which time they will be climbing up to 5,000 feet per day.This level of cycling requires a serious fitness and mental stamina and is not for the faint hearted. But the team are motivated by the aim of raising money to support a great cause, and they are all training hard to prepare for the challenge.
The cyclists and support crew are mainly from 32 (The Royal) Squadron, and will be joined for part of the route by Station Commander Group Captain Tim O’Brien.
Mark Holland, who is organising the challenge had this to say:
“This is a huge challenge for everyone involved but we are working up to it with regular training sessions.
“We are determined to raise as much money as possible for the RAF Benevolent Fund in memory of Group Captain Tom Barrett, who had intended to join us on the route when he was tragically killed in March.”