Update - John Chitty's team is striving to break the £1000 mark before the end of May. All team members are clocking up the miles on the roads of Wiltshire and in the gym. Weekly totals show that the team is well on the way to hitting target by 19th August when the challenge culminates in a grand ride-out near Salisbury.
The Great Bustard is under threat worldwide. The Great Bustard Project rescues eggs from nests destroyed by agriculture in Saratov in the south of Russia. These eggs produce the chicks that are used for the reintroduction project in the UK. The chicks are reared in Russia and then transported to Salisbury Plain. They have to cover the distance of 2,032 miles from Saratov to Salisbury.
And here at the GBG we have pledged to pedal this distance (twice!), clocking up the miles on the lanes of Wiltshire and on static bikes in the gym in the hope of collectively raising a bold £1 a mile. GBG Project Director, David Waters has bravely agreed to undertake the ‘route to Saratov’ on his own – that’s 2,032 miles of pedalling! The GBG staff team will make up the other half of the journey together, totalling 4,064 miles. This is no mean feat and involves a huge amount of effort from all concerned so public awareness and support is greatly appreciated to make our hard work worthwhile.