A mountain biker is planning to push himself to the limits when he embarks on his next punishing challenge.
Following on from a ride the length of Hadrian’s Wall earlier this year, Dale Horsfall, of Kirkbymoorside, now intends to take his efforts for charity up a notch or two by biking more than 200 miles from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Scarborough.
The daunting five-day trek in spring next year will see him shun open roads in favour of the dirt tracks, moorland and muddy and rocky grounds of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – all in support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
“If my last ride was a big undertaking, this one is mammoth,” said Dale. “Even though it is some of the nicest scenery in the country, it is going to be a killer. The equivalent we climb in altitude is like going from the bottom to the top of Mount Everest, so it will be hard going and I think we will all be wishing we had stayed at home!”
The popular window cleaner has not been short of offers from friends and local businesses who want to help with Big Bear Bikes, CDS Decorating Services, Lottie Photography, Touch of Glass window cleaners and The White Swan, Kirkbymoorside, all giving their assistance in some shape or other.
And he will be joined each step of the way by friends and fellow mountain bikers Nick Birch, Ben Sneddon, Andrew Downing, John Mathers and Daniel Wilson.
Dale said: “They will ride it with me and hopefully give me the motivation to keep going. A lot of people have wanted to get involved or have come up to me in the street to wish me luck – I really am very thankful to everyone for their support.”
His overall hope is to raise £5,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
“It costs £5,000 every time the air ambulance goes out on a mission,” he said. “I’m hoping if I can raise the money, I can say I got it up into the air at least once. Being a mountain biker, I have seen the air ambulance called up to rescue people up in the North York Moors many times. It’s a life saver and a worthy cause.”
To sponsor Dale visit www.justgiving.com/teamryder