Saturday, May 19, 2012
Charity bike boys get audience with Ed Clancy
CYCLING Sidmouth siblings, set to pedal the length of Britain in memory of their uncle, met a world champion on a ride with a difference.
Sam and Ollie Turner’s charity exploits saw them bag an invitation to join the Rapha Condor Sharp Cycling Team for a day in Henley.
The duo hope to raise £26,000 for cancer charities by riding from John O’ Groats to Land’s End in 11 days in August
The teenagers said having an audience with Team GB member Ed Clancy was “the icing on the cake” of a special trip.
“This was a fantastic experience and one we will remember forever,” said the Sidmouth College students.
“We had Ed Clancy all to ourselves. He gave an insight into the recent World Championships, where he won a gold. He also talked about being in the GB Team for the 2012 Olympics,” said Sam, 15.
“He gave some really sensible advice on how we should look after ourselves on our ride. He even remembered riding through Sidmouth in the Tour of Britain,” added Ollie, 13.
The Herald reported how the brothers were gifted a bike by their terminally ill great uncle, Malcolm Turner, before he died - and will take on the ride he’d always dreamed of completing.
They also want to boost the spirits of family friend, John Massen, who is currently battling cancer. If you want to support them, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org