A TEAM of city-based rickshaw drivers are set to cycle the world – without ever leaving Scotland.
Friends Fraser Euan Law, Alexander Byrne, Malcolm Fraser and Thomas Campbell will take on the 24-hour Cycle the World Challenge for charity at Knockhill on August 30.
Each of them are targeting 400-plus miles within 24 hours around the race circuit – last year’s winner won with 341 miles.
As part of his training, Fraser has even been giving free journeys to Festival-goers, in return for a donation to learning disabilities charity Enable Scotland.
He said: “My main preparation consists of many long rickshaw shifts during the Fringe biking two or three people around the city every day as opposed to just weekends, during which I have created a charity hour in which customers are asked to donate to Enable Scotland instead of paying me for the rickshaw service.
“The system has proved highly successful so far and in itself is very satisfying.”
The challenge launched by “Flying Scotsman” Graeme Obree will see solo, duo and team cyclists race day and night around the Le Mans-style 1.3-mile circuit. Fraser said: “Thomas posted the entry details on our rickshaw drivers Facebook page and the online discussions went wild. This appeals to us because it has the potential to be an epic event.
“I’m really looking forward to competing against my co-workers for the individual miles – we are very even in terms of strength and fitness, so I think other elements may come into play.”
Cycling legend Obree said: “The history of cycling is populated with extreme challenges – events like the Tour de France had stages that were of epic proportions. Hopefully, cyclists will rise to the challenge of Cycle the World and support this brilliant event raising lots for Enable Scotland in the process.”
It is estimated that the four pals cycling at a speed of 10mph could burn off as much as 13,680 calories.
Enable Scotland’s assistant director of funding, Hazel McIlwraith, said: “This is the ultimate cycling challenge for individual riders and teams.
“The rickshaw cyclists will be doing something amazing for Enable Scotland – helping us continue supporting people who have a learning disability and campaigning to ensure every child, young person and adult is given every opportunity to make the most of life.
“I cannot thank them enough for getting involved and wish him so much luck for the day.”