Lympstone cyclist nears American finish line

A brave bike rider is about to complete a 4,262-mile fundraising journey in the United States of America.

A LYMPSTONE cyclist has completed the majority of a 4,262-mile bike ride across the United States of America.

Stuart Woolger, from Longmeadow Road, gave up his job as a web developer to take part in, what he considered, a trip of a lifetime, which he started last April.

As well as a personal challenge, Mr Woolger is using the ride, following the Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica Trail, which runs from the east to the west coast of the USA, to raise money for the ShelterBox charity.

The 43-year-old embarked on a similar challenge when he was in his early 20s, when he cycled to Israel.


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Mr Woolger, writing in his online blog, charting his progress throughout the journey, mentioned how he had arrived in Lander, in Wyoming recently, located in the western part of the continent.

“Leaving Lander, my excitement was starting to mount as I knew we were getting close to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks – two of the many highlights of this ride,” he said.

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“Although nature did her best to slow me down as I pedalled along the Wind River in the Indian Reservation.

“This aptly-named river was a funnel for ferocious head winds that brought us to a crawl, eventually getting into Dubois exhausted.”

Mr Woolger has suffered 17 punctures during the trip and lost 40lbs in body weight.

To follow his journey further, visit www.midlifecyclist.me.uk

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