Hugh Roberts (L) and Robin Young (R) with David Rowe from the Eden Project


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2 cyclists taking part in an epic, 64-day, 6,900-kilometre awareness and fundraising cycle ride in aid of Diabetes UK and Ambitious about Autism are into their final week

Robin Young and Hugh Roberts have embarked on The Great Tour to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK and Ambitious about Autism in 2020. The partner charities have been chosen for reasons close to the heart for The Great Tour team.

The final few days will see The Great Tour cycle from Plymouth through Devon, Dorset and Hampshire back to finish at Ryde on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 5th September.

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So far the challenge has completed over 6,200 kilometres and at the weekend completed the equivalent to its seventh ascent of Everest (61,936 metres).

Robin, who lives in the New Forest, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2017 and is using The Great Tour to show that diabetes is serious but manageable. Diabetes UK, the leading charity for people living with diabetes, helps people understand and manage the condition. With growing numbers of people being diagnosed with diabetes, the charity’s vision is to build a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Commenting on The Great Tour, Robin Young said:

“We may be in the final stretch but we would still urge people to support us via our JustGiving page and help us to get closer to our fundraising target by the time we reach the Isle of Wight.

“There have been some brutally hard days over the past week, not helped by the inclement weather, but the finish line is in sight with a handful of days to go and I look forward to being able to say I have completed this challenge and helped to raise fund for two great causes”.

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Over the previous 8 weeks, Hugh and Robin have been joined by clubs and individuals from across the world of cycling, including British Cycling’s Performance Director Stephen Park, former professional cyclist Pippa York and most recently riders from the Saint Piran Pro Cycling team in Cornwall.

Injury sustained during the Scottish section has prevented Hugh from completing every leg, but now fully recovered he is looking forward to the last few days on the south coast.

Hugh said:

“The weather over the last few days in Cornwall has been very kind to us so we’re hoping it stays that way now through to the Isle of Wight.

“To now be so close to the finish is incredible and thoughts are already turning to the future of this fantastic event and how we can inspire more people to enjoy riding around our beautiful coastline in 2021 and beyond.”

The Great Tour is expected to finish on Ryde seafront at around 16:00 on Saturday.

More information about The Great Tour can be found at and you can find out more and donate via the JustGiving page here.

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