You don’t see many riders on BMX bikes in the Tour of Yorkshire or the Tour of Britain. All those hills and no gears don’t make a BMX the bike of choice for a long, gruelling ride.
That is, unless you want people to sit up and take notice.
And that’s exactly what David Ryan did want.
David wanted to raise awareness of autism, his wife, Gemma, suggested he did a coast-to-cost bike ride. So he did just that, on a Mk2 Raleigh Burner
David worked out the route, from St Bees Head, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, in North Yorkshire, and couldn’t help noticing that it involved quite a lot of climbing. “I thought it might flatten out at some point but, no, that doesn’t seem to be the case.”
The first part of the ride took him through the lake district. An area which is known to cyclists as being a bit ‘lumpy’ to say the least.
David wanted to do the coast-to-coast challenge in a different way and he certainly did that. And after four days of riding, Ryan had covered 195 miles and climbed a total of 18,343 feet.
He raised just under £3000 for local Ilkeston charity Autism Awareness
Well done David.