Brothers from Blacko finish ‘hardest’ Euro cycle challenge

James and John Dent at the finish of the 1,000 mile ride from London to Venice (s)
James and John Dent at the finish of the 1,000 mile ride from London to Venice (s)
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Two brothers from Blacko have completed their “hardest” European adventure yet when they rode a 1,000 miles for charity.

James Dent (30), of Gisburn Road, and John (32), now of London, rode in a team of 18 for 10 days for Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s UK tackling 10 different countries and 19,000m of climbing on the epic route, the equivalent of climbing up Mount Everest from sea level twice.

James Dent (left) on the London to Venice ride (s)

James Dent (left) on the London to Venice ride (s)

Once in continental Europe having left London, the team travelled from the canals of Holland to the waterways of Venice, through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein before reaching Italy. The route also took in iconic climbs including the Stelvio and Gavia passes.

James said: “Distance wise, I’ve done it before so I knew what to expect, but the mountains this time were by far the hardest I’ve ever done. The only word I can use to describe the Stelvio is disgusting! It was so hard, and it was freezing cold coming down the other side.

“The route was amazing though going through all the different countries. Holland was tough mentally, mile after mile of flat road was a bit boring so it was quite nice to see a few hills after that being from round here! Austria in particular was beautiful and cycling into Venice was a fantastic feeling.”

“I think the £100,000 aim was a bit too ambitious but we’ve raised I think £40,000 so far and people can still donate to two great causes.”

Go to veloveni.com to donate.