East Devon cyclists complete ride across Europe

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 September 2017

Alec Bain, James Prestwich, Tom Pryor, and Sam Prestwich, who have successfully cycled across Europe for charity.

Alec Bain, James Prestwich, Tom Pryor, and Sam Prestwich, who have successfully cycled across Europe for charity.

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A team of young adventurers have successfully completed an epic cycle ride across Europe for charity.

Tom Pryor, 20, of Church Road, Lympstone, and Alec Bain, also 20, of Granary Lane, Budleigh Salterton, rode 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 completed the ride in 42 days, which was two days longer than planned, but a good achievement since the route ended up 300 miles longer than expected, at 3,900 miles.

Along the way they completed 165,352ft of climbs, and hit a top speed of 49.7mph.

They also had to stop and repair 33 punctures, along with a series of other mechanical issues.

Temperatures they rode through ranged from 4C in Norway to 38C in the south of France.

They travelled light, sleeping each night under a tarpaulin even at the start of their trip inside the Arctic Circle, but proved up to the challenge.

Tom, who with Sam and James had previously completed rides from Land’s End to John O’Groats and from the north to the south of Wales, said: “We had some pretty testing weather at times, but it was fantastic to finish.

At the end rolling down the last hill was a pretty special moment.

“In colder weather we were right on the limit of our sleeping bags, we were sort of wearing everything we had in our sleeping bags.

“From our point of view, we were quite pleased it was a challenge, because that’s what we set out to do.

“We rode through some fantastic places, some quiet roads and some very busy roads.”

The group took on the challenge to raise money for two charities – Hospiscare, based in Devon, and St Michael’s Hospice in Herefordshire. So far, more than £1,300 has been raised for Hospiscare, and more than £1,400 for St Michael’s, and donations are still being collected.

Tom said: “Even if nothing more comes in, we’re really pleased with how it’s worked out, and how amazing people have been at donating and supporting our adventure. It’s been fantastic.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cyclingeurope northtosouthfor hospiscare

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