A CYCLIST from Fairford completed a mammoth bicycle ride at the weekend, in aid of a charity which provides bikes for people who can’t afford them.
Michael Birnie decided to undertake a gruelling 160-mile challenge for World Bicycle Relief, after being inspired by a young woman in Africa who walked 160 miles to collect her first bicycle.
His route involved cycling 160 miles, around the west and into Wales, symbolically replicating the walked distance of a young mother in Zimbabwe who had to walk 160 miles to receive her first specially designed ‘Buffalo Bike’ from World Bicycle Relief. 
It took Michael just shy of 10 hours to complete.
Well wishers cheered and encouraged him en-route, which he said really helped his performance.
“It was a gruelling but enjoyable day on the bike,” he said. 
“In total, that was 161 miles covered in rain and sunshine, followed by me collapsing in our children’s paddling pool afterwards to cool down.
“I’m very pleased with the riding time of nine hours and 23 minutes and a total time of 10 hours and 45 minutes.”
Michael is a passionate supporter of World Bicycle Relief and as well as undertaking this cycling challenge, he works at the charity as a volunteer.
“I have a love of cycling and a desire to inspire others to support World Bicycle Relief and help those in need,” he said.
“The charity offers a simple but very effective way of allowing people to get mobile in countries still developing, where a bicycle means so much, and where lives can be improved by the use of one. 
“There is a lot of need in the world at the moment but I just think a simple bicycle can offer so much.”
To make a donation to Michael’s fundraiser visit: bit.ly/2TI3QDp
The Buffalo Bike
World Bicycle Relief’s Buffalo Bicycle isn’t your typical bike.
While most of the world’s bicycles are lightweight, complex and made for recreation, the charity designed the Buffalo to meet the pressing needs of people in rural regions of developing countries. 
The design is a stronger, simpler, and sustainable bicycle that can withstand harsh rural conditions.
For further details visit: bit.ly/3gjq724