Trio cross finish line at end of 66-day ride

A TEAM that set out to cycle from Bury St Edmunds to the Rwandan capital of Kigali under the banner ‘Cycle 2 Rwanda’ completed their journey on Monday.

Peter White, from Bury, Peter Goodwin, from Colchester, and Julian Claxton, from Lowestoft, cycled through Europe before flying to Egypt and continuing through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to Rwanda, where they were welcomed by local residents and schoolchildren.

On Wednesday, Mr White posted on Facebook: “Yesterday we went to have tea with the high commissioner at the British high commission.

“They had a party for us on Monday night... Tonight we are going to a flag ceremony for the Rwandan athletes....I only went for a bike ride... All very humbling stuff.”

The 31-year-old has reported losing one and a half stone in weight during the 6,000 mile journey, which took the trio 66 days.

They hope their ordeal will raise around £10,000 for Sport For Rwanda, an appeal set up to pay for sports equipment for 140 Rwandan schools as part of a project to leave a lasting legacy between Bury and Rwanda after 2012.

“The trip has been one of extremes – extreme highs and lows, emotionally, physically and geographically,” said Mr Goodwin.

The cyclists were due to accompany the Rwandan Olympic team to Bury today, where the athletes will start their pre-games training at the Bury Leisure Centre.