Fund-raiser gears up for bike ride

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A 27-year-old man from Moreton Hall is gearing up for a 612km cycle challenge through Mexico to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Michael Zielinski, of Fiske Close, has been training since September last year to prepare for the fund-raising event, which will take place in three weeks time.

He has ridden 15 to 20 miles every day, except at weekends, when he has ridden up to 40 miles.

The forklift driver said: “I’m excited more than anything, I can’t wait to go. I’ve just been trying to prepare for it as best I can but it’s going to be a totally different ball-game.”

He will fly into Mexico City and embark on an eight hour coach journey to reach the start of his eight day bike ride, which will take him along the Mexican coast and end in Puerto Escondido.

He will travel through jungles, deserts and up mountains, including one that is 3,000 metres high, and will have to adjust to high altitudes as well as hot and cold temperatures.

The cyclist has already raised £2,985 for the cancer charity but hopes to raise a minimum of £3,500.

To donate go to: www.justgiving.com/Michael-Zielinski