AN INTREPID group of cyclists is planning to ride more than 3,150 miles for charity.
The team of six will take on a huge test of endurance when they attempt a coast-to-coast expedition across America.
All aged between 40 and 50, the men are hoping to raise £150,000 for children’s hospice Claire House by completing an average of 100 miles each day of the 30-day ride.
They have already gained the backing of Chester’s paralympic silver-medal winning cyclist Rik Waddon.
Led by Tilston-based Roy Jones, a CEO of an international bike firm, the group will also be supported by Roy’s step father Mike Cox, an ex-chef in the merchant navy, who will drive a support vehicle.
Completing the group are: Karl Rosedale, a tax advisor from Lache in Chester; Gary Ward, a tennis coach from Ashton Hayes; Dave Walker, who works for Roy’s Aldford-based bike business and friend Andy Preece, a police officer from Tyneside.
Roy said: “We want people to get behind us and support Claire House because they really need our help.
“But sometimes I do look out of the window and I see it raining hard and wonder what we have got ourselves into?
“It’s going to be really tough but I think we have just got to give it a go and just keep going.
“There is a section of the route between San Diego and Florida where there is 185 miles between bike shops. If we run out of equipment then that could be a concern.
“Some of the hills will be huge. We have been told to expect snow as one of the peaks is more than 8,000 feet.
“One of my American friends told me that they had driven the distance in a car but they vowed never to do it again because it was so tiring. What is it going to be like on bikes?”