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Charity cycle challenge is ‘Rocky’ ride for Pilgrim doctor duo

Charity cycle: Pictured, from left, is Mark Parkes, Phil Pattison, Chris Lowry, Pilgrim doctor, Victor Medina, support vehicle driver, Daniel Eriksson, Pilgrim doctor, and Jon Rackham.

Charity cycle: Pictured, from left, is Mark Parkes, Phil Pattison, Chris Lowry, Pilgrim doctor, Victor Medina, support vehicle driver, Daniel Eriksson, Pilgrim doctor, and Jon Rackham.

Doughnuts, duct tape and the ‘Rocky’ theme tune helped to fuel the efforts of two Pilgrim Hospital doctors during their 100-mile cycle challenge.

The doctor duo of Brit Chris Lowry, and Pole Daniel Eriksson, both from Boston, pedalled from the town through wet weather, saddle soreness and some rough terrain to reach Hull.

They were joined by a small band of supporters - including a support car blaring out ‘Rocky’ - to raise money for Mr Lowry’s charity Names Not Numbers - which provides vital help for community charities in the developing world.

Speaking about the ride, Mr Lowry said: “We had a real range of riders - from Daniel, on a 8kg Trek Domane 4.5, and wearing lycra bib shorts, to Jon, on a £200 no-name hybrid, wearing a very heavy-looking pair of hiking boots.

“We made a stop en-route at our local bike shop, who gave us some free kit, laughed at our gear, and sent us on our way to Skegness. Once we shook off the rain clouds we made good time, arrived at the beach and ate about five doughnuts each.

“Navigation was a little bit of a headache – mostly because maps that promised established cycle paths instead yielded lumpy grass tracks that screamed ‘punctures’.”

After a night-stop in North Thoresby, the team had the last arduous 46 miles to ride, and fuelled up on Mars bars.

Mechanical failure on the last seven miles saw Daniel having to temporarily fix broken spokes with duct tape.

Mr Lowry added: “Our 100 mile ride ended up being 117 thanks to our questionable navigational skills. It was a moderately challenging weekend - but we were outdoors, laughing, joking, and managing to raise a grand for charity at the same time.”

 

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