Handsling Rider to Pedal 2,500km for Myeloma Charity

A1R0evo rider Jonathan Mawby will soon embark on an epic ride of more than 2,500km to raise money for charity.

On May 13, the father of two will set off from Timperley Hockey Club in Altrincham and cycle to Aguilas in southern Spain over 20 consecutive days. 

He will tot up more than 120km a day for his longest ever ride. His estimated climbing altitude of 17,240 metres is almost twice the height of Mount Everest. 

Obstacles he faces include mighty Pyrenean passes, including the Col d'Aspin, Atlantic winds on the French coast, and the energy-sapping heat of southern Spain.

Jonathan is raising money for Myeloma UK in memory of his mother Lee, who died in October 2020. Myeloma is a blood cancer that affects multiple parts of the body. 

He said: "Myeloma is currently incurable. Treatments can be effective at controlling the disease, but as I know from Mum’s experience, they don’t work for all patients. My hope is to raise much needed funds to find kinder, less intrusive treatments and ultimately to find a cure."

An avid cyclist, Jonathan has been training hard on his A1R0evo in pearlescent blue equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. He's already ridden more than 5,500km this year and climbed over 35,500 metres, targeting nearby hills in the Peak District before and after work.

The ride will be another demonstration of the endurance credentials of the A1R0evo. Later this summer, Barry Duplock will ride his A1R0evo in the self-supported Transcontinental Race 2022 covering more than 4,000km.

The bike is lovely," Jonathan said. "It's fast and racey, yet weirdly comfortable. You get off after a long day feeling fresh."

He will be supported by family members and friends, from driving a support vehicle carrying medical supplies and spare parts, to being accompanied on various legs of the journey. 

He has already raised about £6,500 and aims to exceed £10,000. Donations can be made via Jonathan's Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/altrinchamtoaguilas