Sheffield students’ European challenge

Andrew Wiltshire and Robbie Adelman are cycling the length of Europe to raise cash for the Help the Heroes charity
Andrew Wiltshire and Robbie Adelman are cycling the length of Europe to raise cash for the Help the Heroes charity
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Two Sheffield students are pushing their pedaling power to the max to complete a mammoth cycling challenge across Europe.

Andrew Wiltshire and Robbie Adelman, both mechanical engineering students at Sheffield University, hopped in their saddles in July to embark on a gruelling cycle from Norway to Spain.

The determined duo have been clocking up between 100km and 140km a day during the three-month challenge, through which they are raising money for the Help the Heroes charity.

Now just four days away from the finishing line, the 21-year-olds say they are exhausted – but have enjoyed every minute of the experience.

Andrew said: “We came up with the idea one night in the pub and thought it would be a cool thing to do.

“Although we are relatively fit guys, neither of us a keen cyclists and it’s certainly been tougher than we were expecting.

“The first part of the route through Norway was mountainous and proved hard work as we have to carry all our camping kit and clothes with us.”

During the route, which stretches more than 6,500km, the pals have camped in the wild, pitching their tent in forests and fields.

Andrew said: “It’s been an amazing experience, we’ve had some great times and visited some cool places but we’re now focusing on the finish line and getting our normal lives back.”

Andrew and Robbie are both members of Sheffield University’s Officer Training Corps and plan to join the Army when they graduate.

n To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/NScyclechallenge