This summer, Somerset farmer Nick Bragg takes on an incredible feat – cycling over 3,000 miles across Canada.
Starting in Montréal on June 21st, Nick will cycle 3,147 miles across six states and through The Rockies to finish at the coast in Vancouver. He aims to complete this all in 30 days, camping out in the Saskatchewan plains along the way.
Since starting his training, Nick has cycled 4,807 miles, which is the entire length of Britain five and a half times. He said: “Training sessions never get easier. For the last five months all my training as been inside sat on a turbo as the weather has been cold and too wet to be out on the roads. This has helped me mentally deal with being sat for 6.5hrs and clocking up 115 miles.”
Now only two months away from the start of his challenge, Nick has spent time planning his trek. “I will have company on the ride – Ashley Martin is joining us from Montréal to Calgary and his sister Adele comes out to Calgary and cycles across the Rockies with me to Vancouver – they are an incredibly experienced pair of cyclists who will help motivate and support me through this challenge.”
Claire, Nick’s wife, will join the Canadian trek in an RV, providing crucial support in the form of meals, washing and setting up daily finish points. Nick and Claire run Frogmary Green Farm in South Petherton and have been supporting R.A.B.I for many years through events hosted on the farm. On April 26 they’ll be hosting their annual Great British Beef Week supper.
Nick added: “Encouragement has come from my family, friends, staff, sponsors and training partners which has been so helpful to stay focused and a realisation of the challenge ahead!”
For more information on Nick’s Cycling Challenge and to donate, visit Nick’s Virgin Money Giving Page.