Dave’s Bulgarian bike challenge
Taking part in a Pilgrims Tri-Hospice cycle ride sparked a passion for fun on two wheels for Dave Wyant and now he is about to embark on his greatest bike challenge yet – completing a near 800 mile circular tour of Bulgaria in just 90 hours.
Dave, 46, a cardiac radiographer at Margate’s Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, will be travelling to the Bulgarian town of Sliven for the event starting in the early hours of Saturday 29 June. He hopes to raise hundreds of pound in sponsorship for Pilgrims Hospices as a result.
Riding under the disciplines of Audax cycling, Dave will be the only Brit among a group of 25 tackling the punishing course. There will be little chance for sleeping, he says, and if he falls behind schedule, there will be even less time for napping.
Dave, who cycles from his home at Ash near Sandwich, to work and back every day as part of his training regime said: “Pilgrims Tri-Hospice ride in 2009 was my first serious cycle challenge and I’ve taken part a couple more times since. It has all led to this and now I have never felt so fit!
“The route around Bulgaria will be one of contrasts. While there will be mountains to climb, there will also be flatter stretches to ride on. We’ll be going through agricultural areas, cities and coastal towns so there will be plenty to see.
“I’ll be pacing myself at about 15-20 kilometres per hour which gives me some flexibility and a chance to catch some sleep along the way.
“I chose to raise money for Pilgrims following the recent death of a colleague who was looked after by the Thanet hospice.”
Dave’s preparation has been meticulous as well as supremely arduous. He had to complete four ‘super randonneur’ tours to qualify for the event in Bulgaria. One of those was a non stop 400 mile ride from Margate to Penzance, which he set out on after finishing a late shift!
If you would like to support Dave, you can sponsor him via www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidwyant