Jason Falconer, the Sustrans Bike It officer for Bournemouth and Poole, has won a national magazine competition to join celebrities and sports stars to take part in the Great Tour, an endurance cycling challenge that will circumnavigate the coastline of Britain.
Falconer entered a competition in Coast Magazine and successfully became one of three people that were chosen to cycle a stage of the ride. He will begin his 714 km leg of the ride on 31st July in Scotland at Ullapool, finishing in Ayr on 6th August. The ride will climb 14, 545 metres in seven days.
Sustrans, via the cycle industry seed-funded Bike It scheme, works with 12 schools in Bournemouth and Poole, in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole P.C.T, to encourage children to cycle to school. Over the last school term, Falconer has worked with 2,340 children, organising events, activities and skills sessions to give the pupils encouragement and confidence to get to school under their own steam. Cycling (and scootering) levels at the school’s he works with have doubled since early 2009.
“I can’t wait to tell my cycling tales to the children when I get back into school after the holidays,” said Falconer. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge, but I hope it will encourage the children, and inspire them on to their bikes.”
The ride will be hosted by well known athletes who will be joined by a wide variety of guests and charity riders to “create a colourful and inspirational sporting celebration of the British coastline,” said a statement from Coast Magazine.