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Nine-Hour Cycle Ride Success For Barnsley Group

Friday May 10 2013



A TEAM of Barnsley cyclists rode 160 miles in a day and passed through three countries for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Team Cystic Fibrosis is the only charity cycle racing team in the country and was founded by former international rider Martin Dainty, of Racecommon Lane, Barnsley.

He was joined on Sunday by 13 other cyclists from the Barnsley-based squad.

The 160-mile ride began at 5am in Flintshire, Wales, and went through the north west of England before crossing the Scottish border, finishing in Gretna.

The team rode their route in 9 hours and 23 mins - averaging 17mph. 

Martin, 39, founded the team to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust because daughter Molly, eight, has the genetic condition.

It affects the lungs and digestive system but Martin said advances in treatment means Molly, and other sufferers, can enjoy a quality of life that wouldn't be possible without the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Martin's fellow team member, Rob Burton, said the route took the team over some 8,000 feet in climbs and required each rider to consume between eight and 10,000 calories through the day.

He said: "The mastermind behind the challenge was long-time team member Ade Lingard. He came up with the idea while riding the last 30 miles of last year's challenge when nine members rode 150 miles, coast to coast, across Northern England."

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