His aim is Rio - on a bike upon a stand!

19 March 2014

Keith Harbottle in cycle helmet

Charity supporter, Keith Harbottle, is limbering up for a gruelling, 24-hour challenge to cycle the distance from Newcastle to Rio for the Alan Shearer Foundation.

While Alan Shearer himself was recently crowned the victor in the race to sit on 45,000 seats at Wembley Stadium for Sport Relief, Keith is planning his own backside-numbing challenge for his 20-strong team.

The Action4Smiles squad of Foundation supporters will be cycling the 6,000-mile distance on static bikes at the Metrocentre, Gateshead, on Saturday 14 June.

"It's a World Cup cycle challenge from Newcastle to Rio. Each rider will need to complete 300 miles non-stop. This is an immense challenge of endurance - for the body and the mind," says Northumbria police officer, Keith.

The former Royal Marine has already raised £500 for the Foundation this year through a solo epic feat when he cycled 50 miles, ran the 34-mile Northumberland ultramarathon followed by another 50 mile cycle ride, earlier this month.

Last year Keith raised over £4,000 to help the Foundation provide services and maintain facilities for disabled people who use the Alan Shearer Centre.

Speaking about this latest plan, he said: "For a time I really didn’t think this was going to happen but I am delighted to say we have had the go ahead from the venue, 20 riders have signed up and we have just received confirmation that the turbo trainers are available – so I guess that means the Action4Smiles World Cup Cycle Challenge is definitely on!"

You can follow our action hero's blog on the Alan Shearer Foundation website and support him via his MyDonate page.