Practice IT Manager to undertake 130 mile charity bike ride

Ed Longridge, practice IT Manager at Chilwell Valley and Meadows Surgeries in Chilwell, Nottingham is part of a team of twelve intrepid amateur cyclists from across the East Midlands who are in training for a gruelling 130 mile coast to coast charity bike ride.

While the route is more usually undertaken in around four days, seven of the team will tackle the ride over two days while five (including Ed) aim to complete the arduous route in less than 24 hours.

The riders, who are united by their passion for old mountain bikes, will be cycling from Workington to Sunderland in early June to raise money for several organisations.

Representing Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the group is made up of cyclists from all walks of life including a GP, practice IT manager, design engineer and an architect.

c2c bike team

The ride – on June 7th and 8th – will raise money for various charities. Ed’s chosen charity is UNICEF.

And the challenge is already attracting a lot of support, with the group securing sponsorship from ‘Charlie The Bikemonger’ cycle shop in Swanage, Dorset who will be supplying the team with bike spares and Lexacom dictation software who have helped financially.

Of the ride Ed said: “I have never undertaken anything like this before. It is a huge challenge in terms of fitness and stamina. Having a GP in the team though gives us some reassurance should we have any health problems en route!”

“The plan is for the one dayers to catch up with the rest of the group at lunchtime on Saturday June 8th – after a monster climb – then ride together to the finishing point in Sunderland.

“It will be a hard slog but it’s for a number of good causes.”

People wishing to sponsor Ed can visit www.justgiving.com/c2c-UNICEF


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