The bike ride from hell beckons...

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A GROUP of tough guys from Doncaster set off today on a gruelling bike ride across the country.

The dirty dozen have chosen the toughest possible route across the backbone of England to cycle from the west to the east coast in just four days.

They are taking the mountainous coast to coast route from Whitehaven in Cumbria across the Pennines to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, which they admit might be a challenge too far for some of the less experienced riders.

It is the idea of Bawtry Paintball Fields owner Karl Broadbent, and his team hope to raise about £5,000 for two different cancer charities.

Among the riders will be brothers Paul, Lee and Scott Mullen, of Bawtry Road, Bessacarr, whose mum Carol is currently battling lung cancer.

The first day from Whitehaven to Ambleside will involve 6,000ft of climbing when the lads are more likely to be carrying their bikes than riding them.

“It’s going to be slightly easier after the first day but we know it’s going to be very hard,” said Karl.

“Some of us are experienced riders but some are not and it may be we don’t all get to the finish at Robin Hood’s Bay. We have got a support vehicle with us in case anyone has to drop out.”

Anyone willing to donate to the ride can do so online at