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Windsor's Household Cavalry soldiers to take on 1,300 mile bike ride

Windsor's Household Cavalry soldiers to take on 1,300 mile bike ride

Tara O'Connor

Windsor's Household Cavalry soldiers to take on 1,300 mile bike ride

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry, based in Windsor, will be taking part in a rugby themed cycling challenge.

The group will set off from Windsor on Sunday, September 6, and will cycle to all 13 of the Rugby World Cup venues in 13 days.

The team is raising money for the Household Cavalry Foundation, which raises much-needed funds to care for the casualties, soldiers, veterans, heritage and horses of the cavalry.

Last year, soldiers from the regiment set a world record with the highest game of tag rugby at base camp, Mount Everest.

This year’s challenge, a 1,300 mile ride, will start at Combermere Barracks in St Leonards Road and go as far north as St James’ Park in Newcastle before heading back down south and ending the ride in Twickenham.

Along the way the soldiers will visit the Household Cavalry Foundation and the keen rugby fans will meet the Welsh rugby team.

The soldiers are currently on three weeks leave and are using the time to train for the fundraiser.

John Martin, 33, has been a serving soldier for 15 years, with the majority of his time spent in the Household Cavalry.

He said: “The most I’ve cycled before this is 95 miles.

“I reckon the hardest day will be the day we do 150 miles; we’ve got to go over the Yorkshire Dales and some of the climbs can be a 30 per cent gradient.

“It will be a great experience and something I’ve never had the opportunity to do before. I think it will be really fun.”

The soldiers are hoping to raise £5,000. Visit www.justgiving.com/chasethecup to sponsor them.

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