A group of university friends, known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’, are taking on a charity cycle challenge from May 22-28, 2022. By cycling 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a seven-seater bike they are attempting to break a Guinness World Record while raising awareness for charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer.
Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) is a national UK children’s charity, founded in 2005 to give new lightweight bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people living with and beyond cancer.
The riders aim to raise £50,000 for Cyclists Fighting Cancer, enabling more children to enjoy cycling –for mental health, exercise based rehabilitation, and as an enjoyable sociable activity.
Weighing in at 200kg and with an average speed of six miles per hour, the riders’ seven-seater conference bike is designed to allow everyone to sit socially facing inwards in a circle, with six people pedalling while one person at the back steers.
The current Guinness World Record for the same route travelled on a conference bike was set in 2010, by a team of 194 people taking over 28 days. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ aim to smash this record by completing the challenge in just 7 days with 14 core riders.
Mike Grisenthwaite, CFC founder and CEO, sayid “We are honoured that team ‘Magnificent Seven’ have chosen to support Cyclists Fighting Cancer in their Guinness World Record attempt.
“John O’Groats to Land’s End is an iconic long-distance cycle ride – and a tough endurance ride even on a standard bike, but it’s an even bigger challenge on a seven-seater conference bike weighing in at 200kg.
“Their wonderful fundraising effort will allow Cyclists Fighting Cancer to support more children and young people living with and beyond cancer across the UK.”
Jeff Kapp, a ‘Magnificent Seven’ team member, said “I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2008. As an ex-elite cyclist there was no way I was going to follow the stock ‘rest & take it easy’ advice.
“Thanks to Mike’s research, a forward thinking oncologist and some very supportive cycling buddies, I kept riding all the way through my cancer treatment and I am confident that I came through the other side in a much better way thanks to the exercise.
“Cancer is tough on adults, but so much tougher on kids, so supporting CFC was a natural thing for me to do.”