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Fundraiser Chris prepares to cycle from California to Colorado

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Inspired by his mother who has MS, Chris Orfeur has decided to take part in a mammoth cycling challenge across the rugged American West to raise funds for the MS Trust. Here he tells us more about taking on the Race Across the West.

In June 2015 I will be flying to Oceanside, California to compete in a solo bicycle race that is 860 miles long. This distance has to be completed in just 90hrs. The route runs across the west of America through four states, ending in Durango, Colorado.

I’ll be looking to ride my bicycle for 18 to 20 hours a day to cover the distance in good time, trying to average 300 miles a day. But I will not be alone on the road as I’ll have a race crew following behind me in a camper van. The crew will be made up of my closest friends who will have various roles such as catering, orienteering and more importantly comedy value!!

I’ve always enjoyed my cycling, having gone on bicycle tours around Europe where I’ve climbed in both the Alps and the Pyrenees, but those tours have been at a more sedate pace where finding the most scenic spot to stop and cook some lunch is my main priority.

I have had some experience taking on challenges such as charity runs and bicycle rides before, but nothing of this magnitude or intensity.

Why did I choose the MS Trust? Well, to be brief, in 2007 my mum’s life completely changed when she was diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis. So after seeing how much a person’s life can change in a moment I thought it was best I put being a young keen cyclist to good use and raised money for a charity close to my heart!

Visit Chris’s fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving