Team Phoenix complete ‘toughest challenge’

A civic reception in Gibraltar capped Team Phoenix's remarkable achievement

A civic reception in Gibraltar capped Team Phoenix's remarkable achievement - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple charity’s team races 3,000 miles across Europe to raise £5,000

Barnstaple-based Team Phoenix Learning and Care were the only team to complete the most difficult non-stop cycling race in the World.

They finished the Race Across Europe (RACE), which covered nearly 3,000 miles around Europe from Calais to Gibraltar, in nine days, 22 hours and 16 minutes. In the process, they raised nearly £5,000 for Help for Heroes, Hope for Children and the Chivenor tri-service memorial garden.

To crown their remarkable achievement, a civic reception awaited them at the finish line, attended by the Minister for Sport and Minister for Youth, and representatives from the charity Help for Heroes.

Cycle captain Keith Burley said he was ‘extremely proud’ of everybody and gave a massive thanks to his team’s support crew, who kept them fed and safe across the epic route.

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The race was a non-stop, 24-hour marathon through France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain and Gibraltar, and what was the team’s prize for their incredible achievement?

Free entry to next year’s race.

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