Team Phoenix ready to fly across Europe

Team Phoenix are ready to take on the world's toughest cycling challenge, which starts in France thi

Team Phoenix are ready to take on the world's toughest cycling challenge, which starts in France this week - Credit: Archant

Still time to donate as Barnstaple team head to the starting line of 3,000 mile challenge

Phoenix Learning and Care’s team are ready to take on the most difficult cycling challenge in the world.

‘Team Phoenix’ is headed by company Managing Director Keith Burley, who took up cycling last year through the cycle to work scheme as a 26-stone man with life threatening type two diabetes.

Now, far more slender and with his diabetes under control, 50 year-old Keith from Bovey Down, near Combe Martin, has formed a team of four cyclists and a six-strong support team to take on the epic 3,000 mile challenge to raise £5,000 for Help the Heroes, Help for Children and a tri-service memorial garden.

10 teams from across the World are heading to Calais to take on the Race across Europe (RACE), a new event of similar distance to the previous ‘most difficult in the world’- the Race across America.

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“I’m 50 years old and I’m the fittest I’ve ever been,” said Keith.

The team have secured sponsorship from Barnstaple’s Phoenix Learning and Care, who work with young people with learning disabilities and behavioural problems, Barnstaple-based web design company Clevera. and Breaking Wind cycles in Dawlish.

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“The fundraising for the charity is going really well,” said Keith.

“This last year has been incredibly hard work but we all feel we are ready and will represent our charities well.”

Keith has prepared for the event by taking part in the Devon Coast-to-Coast for Help for Heroes, with the whole team cycling to London to take part in the Prudential London 100 earlier this month.

“I’m just glad I’ll be driving!” said Crew Chief and fundraiser Ian Roome.

You can still sponsor the team by visiting and track their progress at

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