A Blacko cycling fanatic will complete his own Tour of Britain next month when he takes on the latest of a series of cycling charity challenges.
Jimmy Dent (28) will take part in the Rapha Manchester to London event on Sunday, September 6th, cycling 220 miles and more than 4,000m. of ascent in the day to raise money for Ambitious about Autism.
Jimmy will be joined by his brother, John, who lives in London, and the event is the latest test of endurance the Dents have taken on after riding from London to Florence last summer and London to Barcelona in 2012.
With the route from the velodromes in Manchester and London longer than any one day race even the professionals ride, Jimmy has been getting out on his bike up to five times a week in preparation as well as running to build up his fitness for the trek.
Jimmy said: “Hopefully, the weather is going to be on our side because if it’s raining it’s going to be very hard.
“We’ve done stuff for Cancer Research in the past, but this one is for Ambitious about Autism, a condition which affects quite a lot of people.
“Rapha, the clothing company, run the challenge every year and classes it as the hardest one day challenge that you can try, so it’s going to be tough.
“Distance wise, both previous challenges have been 1,000 miles but over 10 days, so I personally think this is going to be far harder as a single challenge because we’re doing nearly a quarter of that distance in one go.
“You have to let the organisers know the estimated time you are going to do it in. John has told them we’ll do it in around 12 hours, which I think is very ambitious.
“You’ve got to stop to refuel along the way, so I’m thinking more like 14 or 15 hours.”
After finishing, Jimmy faces a quick dash back to Pendle to see the end of Stage Two of the Tour of Britain and cannot wait to see professionals pedalling past his front door.
Jimmy added: “It’ll probably be a massive feed, sleep and then the train back.
“Hopefully, we’ll catch the Tour of Britain passing through the area. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/M2LDentBrothers to donate.