MAPPED: Weston-super-Mare’s Jason Smith’s epic 1,000-mile cycle ride completed in just 9 days

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:46 15 June 2017

Jason Smith tackles a 1,000-mile cycle ride across Europe in just nine days. Picture: Jason Smith and Google Maps

Jason Smith tackles a 1,000-mile cycle ride across Europe in just nine days. Picture: Jason Smith and Google Maps

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To mark the 200th birthday of the bicycle, a man from Wick St Lawrence decided to cycle 1,000 miles across Europe.

Jason Smith, aged 47, cycled for nine days from London to the Swiss Alps last week.

The rider took off on June 2 and travelled through England, Germany, France, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Jason started cycling three years ago with his cousin Sam, who sadly died last year from a brain tumour, and he said he had been ‘hooked’ ever since.

Jason reached the Alps on Sunday. He said: “The final 450 miles was cycled on one shoe after it fell apart.

“I have also lost 12lbs in weight which is definitely a bonus. I had a crash last Tuesday after a badly buckled wheel but a quick repair had me back on track to complete an epic journey.

“I do a lot for charity every year but this challenge is just for me and in Sam’s memory.”

However, Jason decided he would raise awareness for the MPS Society during his travels in support of his eight-year-old neighbour Archie.

He took on the challenge with friends Dominic Midlane and David Kembrey, both from Bristol.

To find out more about the charity, visit www.mpssociety.org.uk


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