1,000 Mile Cycle Challenge To Start From Scilly

bikes in rackA cycling enthusiast will be arriving on St Mary’s this Easter at the start of a charity bike ride to the opposite end of the country.

Angela Stevenson is making the journey with her husband, and is hoping to cover the 1,000-miles to the northernmost tip of Shetland in 25 days.

But it’s also a chance for Angela, who is a self confessed ‘island fanatic’ to visit Scilly.

Angela is a keen traveller and writes a blog called the ‘Armchair Backpacker.’

She’s set herself a lifetime challenge to visit every island in Britain and says she’s excited to get the chance to come to Scilly.

She’s starting her journey here, rather than in Scotland, because she’s been told it’s easier for cyclists to head north and east, due to the prevailing winds, although she admits the theory doesn’t always stack up.

And Angela says some of the worst hills on the route are in Cornwall, so she can get those out of the way right at the start.

The couple intend to take it easy at first, reaching Bristol within the first week, but then speeding up to 60 miles a day across the rest of the route.

Angela works for the BBC and is hoping to raise at least £1,000 for the broadcaster’s Children in Need fund.

She says she wanted to do something “really big and challenging” for the charity and it’s taken almost three years to get to this stage.

Angela’s heading to St Agnes on Easter Saturday, to mark the start of the challenge at the country’s most south-westerly point, before setting out on Easter Monday.

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