Keen cyclist, Nick Lewis, is putting his Canterbury Cathedral “friendship” to the test in May by a fund-raising ride of more than 1,000 miles through France and Spain.
Nick is treasurer of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and is planning to ride the pilgrim route between Canterbury and Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain in just under three weeks.
The 67-year-old’s aim is to raise £9,000 for the Friends of which he and his wife Kate have been members since 1986.
He explained: “The Friends celebrate 90 years next year and I thought this would be a fitting way to start off our anniversary celebrations.
“I cycle everywhere locally but this will be the furthest I have ridden in one go. The challenge will be pacing myself and keeping up my stamina.
“I have ridden 155 miles in one day previously but this will be different as it will be day in, day out for nearly three weeks and there is no doubt it will be a test for my muscles and stamina.”
Fifty miles a day
The chartered accountant is due to set off on 9 May and has planned his route meticulously, aiming to cycle about five to six hours every day and averaging about 50 miles a day.
Nick is making the trip on his own and without back-up so will have to travel light and is planning a diet of bananas, cereal bars and plenty of water to keep him going during the day.
Riding an American titanium lightweight frame, Nick has opted to fit heavy duty tyres to try and keep punctures to a minimum.
Over the next few weeks Nick, who is also a volunteer steward in the Cathedral and member of the Finance and Estates Committee, will be getting in as much training as possible as well as encouraging sponsorship for his journey.
If you would like to support Nick go to http://www.justgiving.com/NCLtoCompostela