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Disabled cyclists complete virtual ride on Route 66

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Disabled residents at four care homes run by charity Leonard Cheshire are celebrating after finishing a 2,400-mile virtual cycle across the USA.

Last Friday, riding on static bikes and accessible trikes to raise funds for more inclusive cycling, people took on the Route 66 Challenge from the east coast in Chicago to the west coast in Santa Monica, California.

The full-time wheelchair users hailed from Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham, Symonds House in Hertfordshire, St Bridget’s in West Sussex and Fryers House in Hampshire.

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Route 66 Challenge organiser Dave Evans, who lives at Gloucestershire House, said: “The achievement, from people who face so many daily challenges, cannot be underestimated. People have enthusiastically embraced the team spirit and have felt more in touch with people across the country too.”

Adding: “It has been an honour to ride alongside so many champions.”

The virtual journey began on June 1 and the disabled cyclists reached their destination of Santa Monica on Friday 31.

The Route 66 trip comes after Gloucestershire House residents completed the LEJOG Challenge in April, riding the length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Funds raised from the challenge will enable more disabled people to enjoy the benefits of cycling. 

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