A pair of Arbroath cousins will be pedalling with their own personal peloton this summer to raise money for cancer and leukaemia research.
The two men, Darren Ross and James Forbes, will be cycling the 80 miles from Inverurie to Arbroath on August 31 with around a dozen friends in aid of Cancer Research UK and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Darren, who now lives in Inverurie, explained what had prompted them to organise such a big ride. He said: “James lost his mum to leukaemia three years ago and we lost another auntie to cancer the same year.
“I’m a reasonable leisure cyclist and I’ll get out a couple of times a week, but this is the farthest I’ve ever gone before. I try to do 80 to 100 miles a week.”
James added: “We’ve been thinking about doing something for a while, but we didn’t know what.
“There’s going to be a decent group of guys doing it. It was originally going to be the two of us, then there was going to be 40, but we’ve settled in the middle ground.
“Last year I bought a bike for the first time since I was a bairn, but I did 20 miles on Friday.
“I did a bit off road but I’ll be sticking to the roads from now on! I’ll have to get the training in, but I do other stuff fitness-wise so I should make it!”
Darren and James would be interested in hearing from any local businesses who might be interested in sponsoring them or assisting them during the event in some way.
They are also planning to distribute sponsorship forms in local shops and it is also possible to sponsor them online via their respective justgiving.com sites.
James can be sponsored at http://www.justgiving.com/James-Forbes84 and Darren at http://www.justgiving.com/InverurieArbroath. At the time of going to press they had managed to raise nearly £1,000 between them.