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Shropshire Couple Embark on 24,000 Mile Bike Ride

Zoe Ashbridge got into cycling when she bought a Beinn 29 from Islabikes in 2014, aged 22. Five years later and Zoe has left Shropshire, by bike, with her boyfriend, Stewart Law, aged 30 from Telford.

The pair are embarking on the trip of a lifetime, an adventure that will take them South from Shropshire to Dover, cross the channel to Dunkirk, then East 24,000 miles through Europe, the Middle East,China, South Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA before the home run back to Paris.

 

Zoe says “It was my Beinn 29 that really got me into cycling and I’ve had the most amazing time enjoying some lovely rides, including Danny Mason’s Highland challenge and JOGLE – all on my Beinn 29! I joke that finding this bike was reminiscent of the wand picking the wizard in Harry Potter. As soon as I sat on the Beinn 29 I knew it was the bike for me. I ordered it instantly and I’ve never looked back. It is the most valuable purchase of my life and I will cherish that bike forever!”

“…finding this bike was reminiscent of the wand picking the wizard in Harry Potter. As soon as I sat on the Beinn 29 I knew it was the bike for me.”

All money raised will be donated to Cardiac Risk in The Young (CRY) and the trip itself is self-funded. This ride is of particular interest for us as we have raised awareness of this charity before, after friends of the business tragically lost their son aged 15, see here https://www.islabikes.co.uk/knowledge/news/young-sudden-cardiac-death-everything-parent-needs-know/ Stewart and Zoe will be cycling in loving memory of Zoe’s good friend, Leanne Brownhill from Ludlow.

Zoe says “Leanne Brownhill tragically and suddenly died in 2013 of cardiac arrest. Leanne’s family and her friends have been raising money in her memory ever since, in Leanne’s name a total of £15,000 has been raised so far. I want the trip to raise money, keep her spirit alive and most importantly I want to raise awareness of the importance of screening and protecting our young people against Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADs). SADs takes 12 young lives a week and with screening, this number could be reduced. We need to raise awareness of SADs.”

Stewart has planned the entire trip, from the route through to the kit list, bike repairs and bike specification.  Stewart says: “I’ve spent 2 years planning the route turn by turn from Telford, to Paris and around the globe. My route takes us through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, all across Australia, North America and back home via Portugal, Spain and France. The trip was intended as a 30th birthday experience. I am most looking forward to the challenge of completing the ride, but also experiencing different countries and cultures off the beaten track.”

The couple plan to take 1 day off a week, cycling an average of 65 miles a day on a daily budget of £40 – this includes food, accommodation and flights.

To follow Zoe and Stewart’s adventure you can visit their blog www.roadtoframe.com and  here to donate to their Around the World for CRY page and finally their Instagram account for all the latest updates

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