A vet student will attempt to cycle from London to Land’s End in less than 24 hours for charity.  

RVC student Ben Smith completed an intercalated year at King’s College London where he became involved with the cycling club and the fund-raiser.

King's College London cycling team
The King’s College London team. Ben is second from the right at the back.

The intrepid adventurers will leave London’s Richmond Park at 7pm on 27 August, cycle through Saturday night and hope to finish before 7pm on Sunday – at which point they will have pedalled more than 300 miles.

Mammoth undertaking

Ben said: “This will be, by far the longest ride I have ever done. I’ve ridden 100 miles before at an average of 18mph, but to do more than three times that distance will be tough.

“The only way this mammoth ride can be achieved is with teamwork.”

The seven-strong team will rotate who rides at the front of the group regularly to maintain the highest average speed.

Best shot

Ben added: “This isn’t just one of those events where I say it’s hard, but really it’s entirely manageable. There is a real chance we may not finish in the time we’ve allowed, but we will certainly give it our best shot.”

The team are undertaking the challenge in aid of BuildWithNepal.org, a charity co-founded by cycling club member Chris Holton following an earthquake that struck the country in 2015 killing almost 9,000 people and injuring 22,000. The charity aims to raise enough money to rebuild the schools destroyed in the disaster.

 

 

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