Cycle challenge raises £1,000 in aid of British Paralympic athletes

Staff at Barnstaple Nissan have been pedalling their way to a £1,000 fundraising target to support British Paralympic athletes.

A team from the Pottington dealership jumped on bikes at the Nissan headquarters in Wellington, Somerset and cycled more than 100 miles to Barnstaple via the Black Down Hills.

They even paid a visit to Nissan colleagues in Exeter.

Senior dealership manager Adam May said: "A good number of the team here in Barnstaple had never ridden road bikes before - some only made the purchase of a bike four weeks prior to the event.

"It was very windy but most of the team completed the challenge in just over six hours - not a bad effort."

Adam thanked Barnstaple bike shop Carb Cycles for helping provide some of the cycling equipment needed.

He also thanked Rob Wakefield at Propello, who provided a short five-week training program to prepare the team for their ride.

Nissan is the official automotive sponsor of this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.

The manufacturer is also sponsoring the British Paralympic Association and dealerships across the country have been challenged to raise money to help athletes go for gold at the games.

The Barnstaple team has until the end of June to reach its target of £1,000. To make a £5 donation, text Nissan 113 to 70700. Alternatively to donate online, click here.