Sheffield cyclist to complete 100-mile route

Joel Toombs
Joel Toombs
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The Olympic road race route made famous by Sir Bradley Wiggins last summer is to be retraced by a Sheffield man raising money for charity.

Joel Toombs, who works as the Boys Project Coordinator for the Golddigger Trust, will cycle 100 miles around London to raise money for the charity’s work with vulnerable teenagers in schools across Sheffield.

The married father-of-two, who lives in Totley, is taking part in what is billed as ‘the London Marathon on wheels’ and with 20,000 other fundraisers from around the country will cycle the route Sir Bradley did when he won gold in the London Olympics.  

He said: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous and a bit intimidated by the challenge ahead – it’s going to be one of the hardest days I have ever had on a bike. But having been training on the hills of Sheffield and the Peak District I feel pretty confident I can cope.”

Last year Joel completed the Coast to Coast route from Whitehaven to Sunderland in nine hours, raising more than £2,000 for the Golddigger Trust.  

He said: “The Coast to Coast was a massive adventure, so this year I wanted to find an equal challenge but something a little bit different that would capture the heart of how we as a charity are dedicated to going to extraordinary lengths for the young people we work for.”

The Golddigger Trust works in schools building self-esteem, confidence and aspiration.

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