On Sunday 3rd July, Alex Milne, Alistair Gethin and Cosmo Cotton, 6.1s, set off in the sunshine from Bicester Shopping Village on their cycling adventure to Bilbao to raise money for Helen & Douglas House, the children’s and young adults hospice based in East Oxford.
Their route on the first day took them 110km from Bicester to Andover just south of Newbury and they then cycled to Portsmouth to take the ferry to St Malo on day 2.
They will cover the 1,121km in 14 days, with one planned rest day, and arrive in Bilbao on the 18th July. They will finish at the Guggenheim Museum where they will be met by family and friends. They have three or four consecutive days of about 50km and the rest of the time they will average 60km-115km per day. They have planned the entire trip themselves and will complete the trip on their own.
Janet Carruzzo, Community Fundraiser from Helen & Douglas House said “The boys have already have raised £12,000 smashing their target of £7,500 which is amazing and this will pay for 65 hours of care at Helen & Douglas House. We wish them a wonderful and safe trip to Bilbao.”
Alex, who planned the route and arranged all the accommodation, said: “I am feeling fresh and ready to go. I am really looking forward to what is going to be an amazing challenge and a trip of a lifetime. Knowing that what we are doing will help teenagers like us who are not so fortunate who visit Helen & Douglas House which is such a very special place, will hopefully help us get through the difficult parts of the journey."
Cosmo said: “After months of preparation involving hours of cycling training, cycle maintenance and first aid courses, we are ready to go. I am nervous and apprehensive about the trip but also excited and looking forward to our adventure. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far for being so generous and giving us support in so many different ways.”
Alistair said “I am feeling a bit nervous about the trip but also very excited about our adventure. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far for being so generous and supporting us in many different ways.”
It is not too late to support them by making a donation through their Just Giving page – Bicester to Bilbao or visit their Facebook page to keep track of their adventures: