East Devon adventurers to cycle to the ends of Europe

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 June 2017

From left to right: Sam Prestwich, Tom Pryor, James Prestwich and Alec Bain, who will cycling from the north to the south of continental Europe.

From left to right: Sam Prestwich, Tom Pryor, James Prestwich and Alec Bain, who will cycling from the north to the south of continental Europe.


Cyclists from Lympstone and Budleigh are preparing to ride from the top to the bottom of Europe for charity.

Tom Pryor, 20, of Church Road, and Alec Bain, also 20, of Granary Lane, will be cycling 3,600 miles from Nordkapp in Norway, the most northern place in continental Europe, to Tarifa in Spain, the most southern.

Riding with friends Sam and James Prestwich, from Herefordshire, they aim to complete the trip in around 40 days.

Tom, Sam and James have previously completed rides from Lands End to John O’Groats and from the north to the south of Wales, however this will be Alec’s first time joining them on a cycle expedition.

As well as looking forward to the adventure, they will also be raising money for Hospiscare, along with Herefordshire-based charity St Michael’s Hospice.

Travelling light, they won’t even be taking a tent, instead taking sleeping bags and a tarpaulin to pitch and sleep under.

Tom said: “The start is about 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. It’s actually not that cold – the lowest temperature will be about 5C.

“Our set up is pretty much as basic as it comes. We went against the idea of a tent as on previous trips when we used sleeping bags and tarps we have refined the perfect set up.

“After the first few days riding you tend to get up to speed. The first few days are pretty hard and by the end you get into a rhythm.”

Tom knows the importance of the work done by Hospiscare as his mother Michelle works for the charity as an end-of-life care nurse.

He said: “They do a fantastic job and it’s a great thing to be supporting.”

Alec said: “I’m really excited for it, I can’t wait. It will be really good fun to get out and see a bit of Europe from a different perspective.

“The charities are excellent and we’re going to try and raise as much as we can.”

The ride begins on July 3.

To find out more about the challenge, visit the team’s website at https://itsalldownhillfromhere.com, or to donate to Hospiscare visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cyclingeuropenorthtosouthforhospiscare.

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