Duo’s double bike challenge

CycleRP231250''Bernard Cleaver and Darren Jackson
CycleRP231250''Bernard Cleaver and Darren Jackson

TWO keen cyclists will be riding hundreds of miles both on the road and at the gym for charity.

Bernard Cleaver, 47, and Darren Jackson, who live in Pocklington, will hold a 24-hour non-stop spin bike session at Francis Scaife Sports Centre in Pocklington next Wednesday, 2 February.

The pair hope to raise at least £2000 for the Orchid charity which is part of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and is the only UK registered cancer charity to focus entirely on the male-specific cancers prostate, penile and testicular.

In June Bernard and Darren will be working up a sweat again to raise more money for the charity as they will attempt to ride 400 miles from London to Edinburgh in just 37 hours.

Bernard, who is a grain trader, says he is excited about the challenges and is confident that after some extra training he and Darren will be able to complete the rides.

He said: “I am looking forward to the challenges. There’s a lot of organisation to do. We need to raise the profile of the charity and there’s still a lot of preparation to do.

“We need to step up the fitness training as we get nearer the events but we are used to doing challenges like this.

“It’s nothing quite out of the ordinary.”

His cycle partner Darren is the manager of the Francis Scaife Fitness Centre where the two will be holding the 24-hour spin cycle session which will be held from 10am on Wednesday until 10am the next day.

The cycling duo hope people in Pocklington will join them for a one or two hour spin session and make a donation to the Orchid charity.

The bike trek from London to Edinburgh is what Bernard considers to be the main challenge.

He said: “It’s right up there as one of the toughest we’ve done.

“The trouble is you spend time getting lost and repairing punctures, things out of your control. We will be able to do it I think.”

Bernard has been a dedicated cyclist for many years and for the last four years has taken part in numerous competitive races.

He is a member of Clifton Cycling Club in York and competes in several races each year.

On Saturdays he and Darren, along with several other cyclists, go on bike journeys up to 100 miles long from Pocklington to different destinations.

Bernard said: “I’ve cycled all my life.

“I used to be a mountain biker for many years and have done a lot of mountain bike challenges.

“We cycle every Saturday. We go from Pocklington and come up with rides between us. We ride on average between 50 and 100 miles.

“We also do various events throughout the year.”

Bernard and Darren want to raise as much money as possible for the Orchid charity which they chose because they know men who have suffered from testicular cancer.

“It’s a very important charity and it’s related to cycling through Lance Armstrong who had testicular cancer. I know people who have died and survived testicular cancer.”