From Bristol to Exmouth... on a penny farthing

06:55 17 April 2014

Alistair Cope riding his penny farthing on Exmouth seafront. This Easter Alistair is riding the machine from Bristol to Exmouth to raise money for local brain injury charity Devon Headway. Photo: John Bailey.

Alistair Cope riding his penny farthing on Exmouth seafront. This Easter Alistair is riding the machine from Bristol to Exmouth to raise money for local brain injury charity Devon Headway. Photo: John Bailey.

(C)John Bailey 2013

HAVING cycled and canoed from Edinburgh to Exmouth for charity, Alistair Cope is on his penny farthing this Easter, raising money for local charity Headway Devon.

Starting in Bristol on Good Friday, the founder of Exmouth’s Vintage Velo event is pedalling to Bridgwater, then Tiverton and then on to Exeter’s Double Locks for lunch before arriving at Exmouth’s Manor Gardens at around 4pm for afternoon tea on Easter Sunday.

There’s just one problem. Alistair has no brakes.

“With penny farthings you can get up hills, but it’s getting down again that’s a bit scary,” he said. “You can’t slow them easily. You can put pressure on the pedals so you can try and go down slowly, holding the pedals back with your leg muscles, but you reach a point where the back wheel starts to lift off the ground. That’s when it gets a bit terrifying and you think, ‘OK if I don’t let go, I’m going to go over the handlebars!’.

“So I will probably have to walk down some of the hills. You’ve got to judge it very carefully.”

Alistair hopes to be joined by others on penny farthings.

“We’ve got some people who want to ride them, and we’ve got some penny farthings, but we can’t match the two together. The trouble is we can’t adjust the penny farthing. It’s got to be your size.

“I’m particularly hoping on the last stage on the Sunday that we’ll have a good number of people – maybe as many as five penny farthings – coming down from Exeter.”

Alistair’s epic ride will raise money for Headway Devon, a local brain injury charity. “That’s because my sister died last year from a long-term head injury”.

To donate to Alistair’s charity ride, go to: www.velovintage.co.uk/Every-Penny-Counts.html

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Fri, 14:38

Work on the long-awaited cycle track across The Green in Budleigh Salterton is finally set to get under way later this year.

Read more
Thu, 11:13
Kirk Westaway, who has reached the international grand final of the San Pellegrino Young Chef competition.

An Exmouth chef, who now plies his trade in Singapore, is to take on the world’s best in a prestigious competition.

Read more
Thu, 08:47
Labour candidate Steve Race

Charity campaigner and former Red Cross worker Steve Race has been picked by Labour to contest the East Devon seat in May’s General Election.

Read more
Thu, 08:44
Councillor Claire Wright

The pre-election war of words has begun after independent candidate Claire Wright accused incumbent Tory MP Hugo Swire of ‘not standing up’ for East Devon.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder