Adam Griffin, manager of Blunsdon Abbey Park and a team of four friends and colleagues, are peddling the 350 miles from Paris to the Cenotaph in London during the last week in May in aid of Help for Heroes – on a four man pedal car called a quattrocycle.
Explaining the team’s motivation for wanting to cycle for six days in unison for 12 to15 hours a day Adam said: “We all know someone involved in the army or the military services.
"We did the ride last year on normal road bikes with 20 plus gears, but we decided to make it harder this year. The quattrocycle is a five gear four-man pedal car like you might see on Brighton sea-front and weighs twice as much as four road bikes.”
Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride
The Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride will attract thousands of cyclists and press attention along the undulating route from Paris to the south of England, culminating in a huge gathering at Blackheath Common ready for the final push to the Cenotaph for a wreath-laying service on 2 June.
The impact of the event is not lost on Adam. “We’ll be cycling with injured soldiers on hand-bikes; it’s quite emotional when the guys pass you going up-hill. They are so strong and determined it drives you on.”
Adam and his team Nick Bond-Powell, Darren Ford, Martin Clifton, and Philip Kent are all training hard to improve their cardio-vascular fitness and get their muscles used to peddling in a horizontal seated position. They will take turns in the saddle of a normal road bike as the fifth man outrider.
To donate send cheques payable to ‘Help for Heroes’ to Blunsdon Abbey Park, Swindon SN25 2DU or online: www.bmycharity.com/teamquad
• The team aims to raise £20,000 and is looking for sponsorship on the quattrocycle and the team’s clothing. Contact Adam Griffin on 07976 877783 for details.