It was the longest bike ride of his life for Meiko engineer Steve Noble.
He rode from Newcastle to London, finishing 21st out of more than 300 riders to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and so far has raised £770.00.
The route starts over the River Tyne, past the Angel of the North and on to the warm-up section over the Yorkshire Hills. Through York, it travels down to cross the Humber and Lincoln and then overnight through the countryside, arriving into London as dawn rises over the Capital’s skyline.
“I originally started riding to get fit,” sais Steve, who has been maintaining and servicing Meiko machines since 1999.
“Joining a Club – Stockton Wheelers – it was the guys there who persuaded me to join in the charity event. Some 380 riders took part and the aim was to finish within 24 hours.
“The route was 311 miles in total and it took me 20 hours 30 minutes with stops every three hours or so. The average speed was 18.2 mph – 17.5 hours riding in total.
“My arm was a bit numb but the legs were fine and I felt I could have ridden another 50 miles when we all arrived in London.
“I chose to raise money for Macmillan because the charity does excellent work and touches a lot of people.”
The event was organised via Ride 24, a website that helps organise 24-hour cycling events, including the popular London-Paris route.
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