Cycling charity challenge . . .

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A BRIGHOUSE man is set to take on a mammoth task, cycling nearly 300 miles in 24 hours, in memory of two cyclists.

Daniel Jones will be joined by four friends to raise a total of £10,000 for Road Peace by riding from London to Newcastle in 24 hours, without a rest.

The 25-year-old will have to ride at a speed of 13 miles per hour all the way to complete the challenge successfully.

The ride is in memory of two brothers, Christian Townend, 29, and Nicholas ‘Niggy’ Townend, 21, (inset right) who were both killed in December 2010 during one of their regular training rides in the Lake District by a coach travelling along the road in the same direction as the brothers.

“They were incredibly talented and competitive cyclists both on the mountains and on the road,” said Daniel. “Five of us will be cycling from the Millennium Bridge in London to the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle starting on Sunday, June 24.

“We’ve put in months of hard training to give ourselves the best chance but it will all come down to whether our bodies and our bikes can withstand 24 hours of abuse.

“We’ll take no prisoners on the day and anyone not keeping up to the pace will drop off the back.”

The riders, including Rob Grisdale who knew the brothers well, are hoping to arrive at Newcastle on Monday at around 11.30am. They will have to cycle 283.83 miles in 24 hours, with a total of 4,124 foot of ascent while maintaining the average speed limit. All the riders, Rob and Tim Grisdale, Daniel, Richard Wagstaff and Ben Walker, will be taking part and will cycle all the way.

Daniel said that spectators are welcome at the start and the finish.

The team is hoping to raise a total of £10,000 for Road Peace the national charity for road crash victims.

They are also offering businesses the chance to sponsor them and prices start at £250. Businesses will be offered a logo on the jerseys and support van, plus a link and company overview on their website.

For more information and to sponsor the team visit