graves-hand-cycleRobert Graves is hand-cycling 2,500 miles of the UK coastline to raise money for his favourite charities (Sea Shepherds) (SIA Spinal Injury Association) and (The Cycling Project). Scroll to the bottom to donate. Robert will be passing through Bridport on 4th July on the third day of this epic challenge so give him a cheer if you see him.

Robert's story is remarkable in that he is part paralysed; here is his story:

I was part paralysed in a traumatic accident in 2007 at the age of fifty. Facing a life in a wheelchair, I chose to fight preconceived ideas of just what was possible for someone who could feel nothing below their waist. There begins my story and the beginning of an extraordinary new life.

Over the last ten years I has overcome many physical and mental barriers, completing many events others believed impossible; these events have included Hand cycling from London to Brighton, 24 hour endurance race at Thurxton Motor circuit in which he qualified for race across America in 2017, Ride100, hand cycled from Scotland to London 600 miles in November 2014, raising  12000 for charity, and has hand-cycled in many charity rides all over the UK. These amazing achievements were to be the first of many adventures.

Just one of these challenges is more than most of us will attempt in our lifetime. Yet I currently have my sights set on a new challenge - this July 2017 I will be hand cycling the coastline of the England 2,500 miles in 27 days I will finish my challenge on the 28th July where I will be greeted by the Prime Minister at number 10 Downing Street.

Starting from Brighton pier 02nd July 2017 - Finish 28th July 2017 Number 10 Downing Street.

I will cover roughly 2,500 miles in 27 days, passing through some of the most stunning and remote countryside and coastline in the British Isles. This is a tough challenge but one of the most rewarding things he will ever do!

The cycling is mainly undulating over rolling countryside, though there are some longer, tougher climbs. Distances are fairly long, averaging approx 95 miles per day. I will cycle approximately 2,500 miles on this trip overall. This is the first time any disabled hand-cyclist has ever done such a challenge.

Why I am doing this?

My aim is to demonstrate what disabled cyclists can do, raise awareness of hand cycling as a sport and raise awareness of our dying oceans.

I am hoping  to get 100,000 children and adults will sign a petition asking the UK Government for more education in our schools on Climate Change and saving our oceans and beaches around the UK from pollution. I will hand over this petition to Theresa May at number 10 Downing Street, London on the 28th July 2017.


Here are links to Robert's chosen charities (Sea Shepherds) (SIA Spinal Injury Association) and (The Cycling Project)

Please click on the link and sign Saving our Oceans

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