Unusual cycling epic raises more then £10,000 for Children’s Hospice.

AN intrepid team of back-to-front cyclists who pedalled from Bristol to St Austell in first gear have so far raised £10,077.77 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Sat in a circle aboard a seven seater bike with only one gear, organisers David Butt and Steve Warner were joined by several volunteers for the 10 day stint of cycling last month.

Setting off from Charlton Farm at Bristol, the group pedalled via Taunton to Little Bridge House at Fremington and then on to Exeter, Plymouth and the new Little Harbour hospice at St Austell in Cornwall, to link the three children’s Hospices together.

David and Steve said with only a single gear, cycling the unique seven-seater – provided by York-based Get Cycling - was a seriously hard graft.

“We had a great team and it was an amazing event - the hardest thing we have ever done but what a great success,” they said.

“We could not have done it without great local support, especially from Westerly BMW, Silver Street Volkswagen and the Cedars Inn. Plus thank you to the people of North Devon for their support.”