Crash puts dad out of action on Twickenham to Morocco cycle

Crash puts dad out of action on London to Morocco cycle

The team: It was a heck of a cycle

Mike: Got back on his bike to finish the ride

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A father and son trio overcame adversity to cycle from Twickenham to Morocco in 15 days, to raise money for street children.

Novice cyclists Mike Noel-Smith, 56, and his sons, Will, 27, and Harry, 21, set off on their journey from the StreetInvest offices in London Road on June 19.

The quest was gruelling but the family, who name their team Raw Discovery, were determined to reach Africa, as the continent hosts some of the charity’s most important projects.

Despite a rigorous nine-month Olympic training regime, disaster struck on day three when Mike hit an oak tree, breaking his helmet in half and putting him out of action for 11 days.

Will and Harry went on to complete the ride, travelling a daily distance of 250 miles, with Mike rejoining his sons for the final stretch.

Speaking after completing the challenge, Harry said: "To hear it's going to make such a big impact on these street kids is fantastic.

"Doing this as a family has made it even better."

They spent up to 18 hours a day on their bikes, only stopping to restock supplies or sleep for a couple of hours.

StreetInvest chief executive Duncan Ross said: "I think they were crazy to put themselves through this but I'm so grateful that they've chosen to support us.

"Our model can put a street worker in the life of one more child for roughly £1 a month.

"The funds that have been raised through their challenge will help change the lives of thousands of street children."

The trio had originally planned to cycle across Canada in world record time but had to change their route when a sponsor pulled out.

They have raised more than £4,000 for charity so far.

To find out more, visit streetinvest.org.

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