Middle-aged men in lycra, aptly named as the Mamils group, are taking on a “crazy” cycle challenge so that people will dig deep into their pockets.
The group of 12 men will travel 250 miles from London to Brussels in just three days to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and the Boss Benevolent Fund.
Among the group of men from the stationery industry who will set off on Thursday with the aim of completing their goal on Sunday, is Leightonian Tristen Hinds
Tristen, 47, of Billington Park, lost his mum to breast cancer three years ago and said he was desperate to do something for others.
He said: “It is fantastic for me because, as corny as it sounds, it’s a way of being able to give back.Sometimes it’s better than just putting your hand in your pocket by going out there and doing something like this. Now we just need everyone else to dig deep.
“It’s great to have a focus for getting fitter as well as being able to raise a little money for these great causes.”
Although Tristen has successfully attempted cycle challenges in the past, it has been seven years since the dad-of-two has been on the saddle.
“It was one of those things where you suddenly think maybe I shouldn’t have agreed to at my age, but I like to challenge myself. The other guys have a passion for cycling and I have a passion for late nights at hotel bars, so that is how it all started. The thing that had actually really interested me was that we finish the cycle at the Brussels Beer Festival, so that’s something to look forward to!”
If you wish to show some support for these charity champions go to www.justgiving.com/Oblivion2013.
You can follow the teams amusing progress at their blog via www.theobliviontour.wordpress.com