Local cyclist to attempt new heights for search and rescue charity

By Genna Pugh - 2 July 2019

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This month a cyclist from Wiltshire will be taking on the height of Mount Everest in aid of Wiltshire Search and Rescue charity.

Trowbridge resident Txema Garcia hopes to join 3500 other Everesting champs, by cycling up and down the White Horse via Bratton 85 times, to reach the equivalent of 28,029 ft; the height of Mount Everest. 

Txema will be raising money for Wiltshire search and rescue, a charity close to his heart. He said “Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers go out to look for vulnerable and missing people throughout the county and beyond. We might not have any mountains in Wiltshire, but these guys certainly endure their own challenges, out in all weathers, looking for loved ones who have gone missing. The recent search by the team in Savernake Forest made me realise I wanted to give something back and I thought this challenge was something that fitted well.”

Txema, who is married to a Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteer, will start his attempt at dawn on 6th July, hoping to finish before it gets dark. The challenge is simple yet physically, incredibly tough and he will need to dig deep to see it completed. There are some disadvantages to the hill he has chosen, not least because at the top it’s very windy, and Txema has decided he wants to go for a ‘First’ – a hill that has never been Everested before.

With a number of long-distance cycle rides already completed and a passion for pushing himself hard, chef Txema is optimistic about his chances. He said “I know that it’s going to be mentally tougher than I can imagine. Doing the same route up and down the hill 85 times will take some doing but I’m really determined.”

If you’d like to support Txema in his attempt and raise money for Wiltshire Search and Rescue please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/not-only-mountaniers-need-rescuing.

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