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Twenty members from the specialist regiment 11 Regt RLC EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) are taking on a truly epic challenge that has never been attempted before.
Together they aim to cycle 1,500 miles (2,414km) all in the name of the Felix Fund charity from 11 – 26 June 2017.
The amazing team comprises athletes who are cycling the entire 15-day route - and some guest appearances for certain stages of the trip. The ambitious Odyssey commences in Scotland, heading through the UK, into France and culminating in North West Germany.
Riders include Clive Smith, an ex-Sapper who will be using a hand-bike. Clive lost both legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Last year Clive travelled to Australia for pioneering surgery to enable him to walk with prosthetics.
The world of bomb disposal by its nature is dangerous and operators are brave. Sadly, it can adversely affect lives. The team of cyclists has lost colleagues and know of others who have been injured while serving. If we can raise the profile of such valour and the difference that the Felix Fund makes, then every mile and every pound will count. We want to push ourselves in an ambitious project in the hope we can raise tens of thousands through peddle power!
The tour will pass through all Troops where security clearance has been given (unfortunately Northern Ireland isn’t therefore possible). Aiming to complete 100 miles a day the team will cycle: Edinburgh, Catterick, Chester, Nottingham, Ashchurch, Tidworth, Aldershot, Northolt, Colchester, Shorncliffe and will culminate in Bielefeld Germany.
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