Reach for the Skye – 410 miles in 24 hours

On Friday 26th August six cyclists will embark on a non-stop charity bike ride from Newcastle to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, riding 410 miles in under 24 hours.

This won't be a relay – each member of the team will ride the full distance. The riders will start from the centre of Newcastle at 9am, and hope to finish at 9am the following morning. The route takes the riders through the Northumbrian countryside to Carter Bar, the border between England and Scotland. It's then – sort of – downhill to Edinburgh.

After crossing Edinburgh's Forth Road Bridge the six will ride through the night, passing Glen Coe at around midnight.

As dawn breaks on the Saturday morning the riders hope to reach Fort William, with the final leg up the West Coast of Scotland taking them across the Kyle of Lochalsh bridge to finish – finally – at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye.

The 410-mile route includes 17,000 feet of climbing.

The riders are expected to burn 16,000 calories each, and drink 15 litres of fluid. The riders aim to average 18mph.

Each rider is raising money for their favorite charities.

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I am the youngest of the six riders (by far!) and this will be my toughest ever ride. At the age of ten I rode my first "century", a non-stop ride of 100 miles. I am a keen cyclist and race regularly. In 2012 I rode a mountain bike through the interior of Iceland with my cycle-touring dad. Earlier this year I rode in the nine-day Joberg2c mountain-bike race in South Africa, cycling 900kms from Johannesburg through four provinces to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

I will be riding for the African charity Qhubeka. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.

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