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Cycling duo take up the challenge
6:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A FATHER and son used pedal power to complete a 100-mile cycle race around London and Surrey for charity.
Dave Alekna and son Joe, who is one of the founders of Kidderminster employment firm eResponse Recruitment, completed the gruelling London Cycle 100 challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society – a charity which supports sufferers of the dementia disease and their families and carers.
The duo were among 20,000 cyclists who pedalled from London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and through Surrey, where they followed a similar route covered by professional cyclists at last year’s London Games.
After six hours on the road, they finished back in London where they were cheered on by thousands of spectators, who lined The Mall for the event, organised by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Joe, 32, said: “It was an amazing challenge and great to be part of the Olympic legacy.
“Although we cycled hundreds of miles as part of our training it was really tough cycling for six hours non-stop and over some steep hills. With a lot of gritting our teeth and a lot of stamina we managed to make it to the end so I am glad our hard workpaidoff.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and it was great totravelalong the same route as so many professional athletes like Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome did during the Olympics.
“More importantly, we have helped to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and we still hope to reach our target in the weeks ahead.”
The pair are hoping to raise £1,500 for their mammoth effort. They have already collected more than £1,000 for the charity.
The London event was not the first time Joe and his father Dave, who is 60, had taken part in such a gruelling challenge.
In May, they also cycled in the 45-mile Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace event from Kenilworth Castle to WarwickCastle.
People can still sponsor the duo at justgiving.com/David-Alekna
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