Woman who completed 4,000-mile cross-America challenge used Exmouth as training base

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 September 2018

Wendy Smith and brother Robin Launder arriving at Niagra Falls as part of their cross-American cycle challenge. Picture: Contributed

Wendy Smith and brother Robin Launder arriving at Niagra Falls as part of their cross-American cycle challenge. Picture: Contributed

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A woman who used Exmouth as her training base has returned home after completing a cross-America cycle challenge.

Wendy Smith, 60, was a regular visitor to the town as she prepared to take on the Cycle American challenge with her brother Robin Launder.

She clocked up more than 4,000 miles cycling from Seattle on one side of the country to Gloucester Massachusetts on the other side over the course of nine weeks.

During her time there she had to sleep on floors of school gymnasiums got to cycle via Niagra Falls.

To train for the event, Wendy was cycling to Exmouth at least once a day using the Exe Estuary Trail, Hulham Road and the seafront to build up her tolerance to long-distance cycling.

She has urged anyone who wants to test themselves to take on the challenge themselves and said she would do it all again given the chance.

For more information go to www.cycleamerica.com

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