ONE CYCLIST is taking on two challenges in memory of friends and family he has lost to cancer.
Simon Mort will be facing 450 miles of roads, the Welsh countryside and even the English Channel this summer as he takes on two cycle sportives to raise money for the Myton Hospice.
The 44 year-old was inspired to take on the Dragon Ride in Wales and London to Paris after losing both his father-in-law and a school friend to lung cancer.
Simon has also undergone surgery and radiotherapy for facial skin cancer but has been given a clean bill of health.
Last year, the printer at Emmerson Press in Kenilworth, clocked some 7,500 miles on his bike in preparation for the two challenges in June and July.
Simon will not be facing the rides alone – friends Tony Sheridan and Dean Sanderson will each take on one of the rides to support him.
The father-of-two told the Observer: “The Dragon Ride will be a huge test but also a great way to prepare for London to Paris which will involve cycling around 80 miles a day for four days. I have always wanted to do the London to Paris ride.
“Work for me is a five mile journey from home so I combine my cycling with my commute. I aim for 30 miles or more on the days I ride to work and go on longer rides on my days off.”
Emmerson Press have supported Simon’s fund raising by donating raffle prizes and supplying some of his cycling kit.
And the Cavern Club on Welton Road, Warwick have offered to hold Simon’s fund-raising events including a racing night on Saturday (February 6), from 7pm.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Simon-Mort to sponsor Simon.