Seaton man’s pedal-paddle challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:58 13 August 2013

Alistair Cope in training for his pedal-paddle challenge

Alistair Cope in training for his pedal-paddle challenge

Archant

Cycling enthusiast Alistair Cope plans to use his bicycle and a canoe to travel 700 miles from Scotland

Alistair Cope (right) with a very patriotic Stuart Hughes back in June at the Velo Vintage cycle ride in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9911-25-13SHAlistair Cope (right) with a very patriotic Stuart Hughes back in June at the Velo Vintage cycle ride in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9911-25-13SH

Seaton cycling fanatic Alistair Cope will be adding paddle power to complete his latest tough challenge.

He is planning to use his bicycle and a canoe to travel some 700 miles from Scotland back to East Devon.

He will be setting of from Edinburgh on Saturday, August 17, towing a traditional flax covered canoe behind his bicycle.

When he reaches the River Ouse, near York, he will pop the bicycle into the boat and start paddling.

Where the water runs out, he’ll be back on his bike, towing the canoe and kit behind him.

If all goes according to plan he should reach the finishing line in Exmouth 29 days later – on Saturday, September 14.

In the meantime, he will have travelled some 300 miles on the water, with 111 locks, and 390 miles on land.

He will be raising money for three great charities: - Headway Devon, Exeter Royal Academy of Deaf Education and Blesma.

Cycling is a real passion for Alistair, aged 55, whose company Velo Ventures runs events in the UK and adventures in Morocco.

In 2010, he circumnavigated the UK coastline by bicycle starting and finishing in his home town of Seaton.

During the past year Alistair, who has three grown-up adventurous children, has been working hard in East Devon to promote cycling and organises the Velo Vintage event that held its third occasion and ride in Exmouth in June with a fourth one planned for December.

He told the Herald his latest charity challenge involved an unusual transport combination.

“As far as I know, this is a first and I’m pretty excited that at last it’s come together,” he said.

“I’d be most grateful for people’s support, whether it is £1 or £100.

You can sponsor Alistair by visiting his website www.papete.co.uk and clicking the link there.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Midweek Herald