Two-wheeled lawyer Andrew Soulsby is completing a string of charity cycle rides with a race around his homeland.
Andrew, the in-house lawyer for Newcastle-based Virgin Money, is tackling a trio of long distance cycling challenges to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
He has already completed the 81-mile Caledonia Etape and a 125-mile Coast-to-Coast ride - and now he is set to take on the 104 mile Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge.
Andrew, 43, said the final race around Northumberland, on Saturday, June 21, will bring his summer in the saddle to a fitting end.
“I have always enjoyed cycling and at Virgin Money we are always encouraged to support charities in our local community,” said Andrew, from Gosforth, Newcastle.
“Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity close to my heart so I thought what better way to raise money for a great cause than by doing something I love.
“I have set up a Virgin Money Giving page to help me reach my fundraising target, which was so easy to do and it means I can keep my friends and family updated with my progress.
“The Caledonia Etape was fantastic and the Coast to Coast was tough, but the part of the challenge that I am really looking forward to is the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge.
“This will be my seventh Cyclone and I just love it. The views are amazing and it is one event I make sure I never miss.”
Andrew, who has been a keen cyclist since he was a youngster, has ridden in every Cyclone Challenge since its inception in 2007.
However, this year was the first time he had taken part in the Caledonian Etape, one of Scotland’s leading closed road cycling events, as well as taking on the highly popular three-day Coast to Coast challenge.
Andrew is a fully fledged member of team Daffodil, Marie Curie’s own fundraising team, and once he has completed the Cyclone, he will have cycled over 300 miles and climbed over 6,500 metres.
The Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge attracts over 3,500 cyclists every year from beginners to professional riders. Taking place on the scenic roads around Newcastle and Northumberland, it is now an integral part of the UK’s cycling calendar.
For the first time the professional men’s race, held on Sunday, June 22, will be accredited by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The Sunday race, The Beaumont Trophy, will therefore become part of the UCI European Tour Road Race Series.
To support Andrew in his fundraising visit: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewSoulsby