AN INTREPID group of Isle of Wight cyclists set off on a gruelling 1,400-mile charity bike ride to Spain on Saturday.
The Square to Square challenge is being undertaken by eight Islanders to raise funds for Help for Heroes and the Island branch of the British Motor Neurone Disease Association.
In previous years, Square to Square
has been undertaken by Island firefighters but this year’s challenge includes a mixed team of professionals, ranging from a prison officer to a paramedic.
The team will leave from St Thomas’s Square, Newport and aim to arrive at Porticada Square, Santander, Spain on Friday, August 29, after cycling for 14 consecutive days.
Their route will include an epic ride up the Pyrenees mountains, where they will climb around 5,000 metres during a single day.
The team aim to raise at least £20,000 during their journey, which has been timed to co-incide with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Prison officer and cyclist David Butler-Trump said they had enjoyed overwhelming support and had been astounded by the generosity of the people of the Isle of Wight.