Cyclist Ken Smith will be taking on the biggest cycling challenge of his life when he sets out to cycle from Oswestry to Rome to help raise monies to support seriously ill local children.

Ken’s challenge came about following his love for beer and pizza.  He started questioning if the beer in Germany could be any better than Stonehouse Brewery’s award winning ales and if the pizza in Italy comes anywhere close to Amber’s Pizza.  So why wonder when he can cycle to these countries to find out!

Ken begins his journey on Thursday 5th May and the cycling part of his journey will see him cycle an average daily distance of 65 miles over 24 days with the longest days involving around 85 miles.  He will be staying in Munich for a short break to sample the beers before enjoying pizza in Rome at the end of his challenge.

“There’s absolutely nothing award winning about my cycling” says Ken “I don’t own a sleek lightweight racing bike, I will be riding my flat handlebar bike, the one I use for shopping, compete with rack, stand, mirror and two large panniers stuffed with everything I need for a month on the road.  As well as satisfying my own three quarter life crisis I would love the journey to do some good which is why I am raising monies for Hope House, an incredible local charity”

Fundraising Team Leader Lynsey Kilvert said “We are so grateful to Ken for undertaking this huge challenge to help ensure no family in our local area suffers the death of a child alone.  More than 80% of the monies we need to provide vital care and support comes from incredible people in our local community like Ken, it is no exaggeration to say that we simply wouldn’t be here within them.  We wish Ken the best of luck with his challenge”.

You can support Ken in his challenge by donating to his Just Giving Page;

Pictured: Ken Smith who will be cycling from Oswestry to Rome in May.