Sean’s epic cycle to raise cash for youth mental health
A south Bristol resident is set to embark on a monumental cycling challenge – all in aid of raising money for children’s mental health charity, Young Minds.
Sean King, of Upper Knowle, is taking part in this year’s Transcontinental Race, which will see him cycle an epic 4,000km across Europe and endure 40,000m of climbing, completely self-supported.
The race starts on July 27 on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and will end in Brest, France.
Sean has set himself a target of completing 180 miles a day and he hopes to finish in two weeks.
To prepare for the race, Sean – who works in an alternative learning provision academy – has completed several long rides, including ‘This Is Not A Tour’ cycle ride in Wales in June.
As part of the Transcontinental Race, Sean is required to plan, research and navigate his own course, which passes through Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and finally France.
There are four checkpoints on the way: Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria, Besna Kobila mountain in Serbia, Passo Gardena and the Otztal Alps, and L'Alpe d'Huez.
Sean can choose when and where to rest and plans to sleep outdoors most nights in a bivy sack – a weatherproof one-person shelter.
Sean says that he is scared, but excited about the challenge which he sees as “way beyond” his comfort zone.
But he believes his epic cycle ride is all for a good cause and hopes to raise £1,000 for Young Minds.
On Sean’s JustGiving page, he said: “I work in an Alternative Provision Academy and can see the positive impact a charity such as Young Minds provides.
“Young Minds raise awareness about the vital importance of children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health and they could not do this without the help and support of many generous individuals.”
To support Sean in his challenge, visit his JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sean-king8