Nessie to Nevis charity challenge

Simon Doderer and the Nessie to Nevis team (S)
Simon Doderer and the Nessie to Nevis team (S)

A team of cyclists from Ripon are due to set off on a gruelling three-day challenge across the Scottish Highlands, to raise money for a rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women.

Simon Doderer has persuaded eight of his friends to join him in a John Bishop style “weekend of hell” to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The nine men are due to leave Ripon today, Friday, May 4, and drive north to Inverness, where their challenge begins. Over the next three days they will undertake a set of three tough challenges.

On Saturday, they are set to cycle 85 miles from Inverness to Fort William, on Sunday they will climb Ben Nevis, and on Monday cycle back to Fort William to Inverness.

All nine team members have been training hard and they have varying degrees of physical fitness, from one who has previously cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End to some who are completely new to cycling.

The team hope their challenges will raise much needed money for a nearby project, Phoenix House, a £12 million Personnel and Recovery centre Help for Heroes are building to provide a ‘one-stop’ welfare shop to the injured.

More information on the main Help for Heroes website

Staff at Cascades Garden Centre in Bishop Monkton, who have formed a Help for Heroes fundraising team, are supporting the challenge.

Daily video updates will be available at the garden centre, provided by cameras fixed to the cyclists’ helmets.

And while the team are in Scotland Cascades have decided to replicate the challenge on three static bikes. They aim to cover a distance of 500 miles over the three day, but to do this we will need a constant stream of people turning up at the Garden Centre “to do their bit”.

There will also be a cake stall on Sunday, May 6 and loads of other fundraising activities going on.

More information is on the team’s Facebook page or their online sponsorship page