Two members of staff and three former students from Seaford College have reached their £20,000 target for charity, following a gruelling coast-to-coast cycling session across the USA. Two members of staff and three former students from Seaford College have reached their £20,000 target for charity, following a gruelling coast-to-coast cycling session across the USA.
PE teachers Antony Cook and Dominic Barnes along with Johnny McMillan, Rob Mitchell and Richard Pearson, who left school in the summer of 2010, spent 36 days pedalling from New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in the East, to Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, in the West. (Oli Cowell had to pull out due to illness)
Their mission to raise funds for Help for Heroes and the Dallaglio Foundation took them across 3,672 miles of America’s most stunning scenery and through 15 states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California.
The team set out from New York on June 30 and managed an impressive 87 miles on the first day. However, they topped this on the second with 112 miles under their belts! A steady stream of punctures, steep climbs, thunderstorms, hot and humid sleepless nights and wrong turns were peppered with barbecues, burgers and beach breaks – so it wasn’t all bad! – but the challenge was a definite test of the team’s mental and physical strength.
Both their bodies and motivation took a battering at different times as they cycled an average 100 miles a day, in scorching heat, through gruelling terrain, on a route which took in the Appalachian Mountains, the Great Plains, the Rockies and Grand Canyon and the Mississippi Delta.
Stop-overs in Las Vegas and Hollywood helped to compensate for days of cycling with nothing to see except fields – and the chance to get a decent night’s sleep. “When we arrived in San Francisco, it had been a cold and tough day – but amazingly clear for us to get a good photo. Apparently, you couldn’t see the Golden Gate for the two days before or the two days after!”said Antony.
Full details of the cycle challenge – including the fascinating daily blog and some of the 800+ photos they took on the journey – can be viewed on http://www.coast2coastcycle.co.uk , where you can still make a donation to the cause.