Three Legs, Two Bikes and A Piano are to take on a massive challenge in mid-2015. Matt Black and Jon Cox are to cycle from John O’Groats’ to Land’s End in May. I spoke to them about their upcoming adventure.
Where did the idea for the ride come from?
Jon Cox: Matt got his bike fixed and I thought I might as well get mine done. We started off cycling from Poole to Sandbanks, then to Bournemouth and Boscombe and we started doing about 50 miles a day.
Matt Black: I’ve always wanted to do Land’s End to John O’Groats’. It’s one of those life ambitions.
Why did you choose Wings for Warriors as your charity?
MB: It’s a different charity. It’s a military charity and everyone likes to support the military. They also support servicemen who are now amputees so it’s relevant to us. They’re teaching ex-servicemen to be pilots for example. We are aiming to raise £40,000. We know that is really ambitious but it’s half of what it costs to train someone within the charity.
How are you going to raise awareness for your ride?
MB: I’m fairly well known in the entertainment business so I have a few friends up and down the country who can get us interviews and get some momentum.
JC: We looked into getting into the Guinness Book of Records because I only have one leg but they weren’t really interested. They said we could do it with one pedal.
Are you prepared for how tough it’ll be?
MB: It’s an adventure and a physical challenge but more than anything it’s going to be a mental challenge. Hopefully though there’ll be many laughs along the way.
JC: We’re doing a this bike ride because we want to do a bike ride. An offshoot of it is that hopefully we can do it for someone who needs it. There’s no glory involved. It’ll be good to look at a map of Britain and go “wow, we did that!”
Follow this link for an interactive map of their bike ride route, with a day to day breakdown: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zCz7rUes_w2k.kFfl91-xfGNs