Cyclists embark on Rwanda challenge

Suffolk cyclists set off to Africa in aid of Sport for Rwanda - 6000 miles in 70 days is their target.  They were  sent on their way by the Rwandan high Commission, Mayor od St Edmundsbury''Pictured: Pete Goodwin, Pete White, Julian Claxton and Neil dykes with the Rwandan High Commision Ernest Rwamueyo and Christopher Spicer (Mayor)
Suffolk cyclists set off to Africa in aid of Sport for Rwanda - 6000 miles in 70 days is their target. They were sent on their way by the Rwandan high Commission, Mayor od St Edmundsbury''Pictured: Pete Goodwin, Pete White, Julian Claxton and Neil dykes with the Rwandan High Commision Ernest Rwamueyo and Christopher Spicer (Mayor)

TWO West Suffolk cyclists were in a group that embarked on a pedal challenge to Rwanda on Saturday, aiming to cover 6,000 miles in 70 days in aid of Sport For Rwanda.

Neil Dykes, from Tostock, and Pete White, from Great Whelnetham, were joined by riders from West Suffolk Wheelers Club for the first leg of their journey and waved off by an excited crowd on Angel Hill, in Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Dykes, 52, said: “I’m glad to get on the road. We’ve been planning it for so long that it’s nice to actually be pedalling.”

Mr White, 33, said he was ‘anxious, excited, apprehensive’ and worried about missing his wife and 16-month-old daughter.

His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo, from the Rwandan High Commission, said funds raised would provide sports equipment for 140 schools and help to cement the link between Rwanda and Bury, as part of the Olympic legacy.