Ludlow man’s ‘virtual’ bike ride for charity

Darren Forster

By Charles Joynson

A Ludlow man is undertaking a virtual bike ride in his back garden to raise money for charity.

Darren Forster, 42, aims to raise £1,000 for UNICEF. Having been inspired after watching The Long Way Up on Apple TV, he said he was “Amazed at what they [UNICEF] were doing for children.”

He is undertaking the challenge through Conqueror Virtual Missions, an app that sets online versions of real-life trails which users can cycle, run, walk or swim, whilst monitoring their progress at the same time.

Darren said: “I aim to ride the length of the Cabot Trail in Canada virtually in my back garden using a Tacx Turbo Trainer attached to a mountain bike. Six miles a day from Feb 1 to 28.”

His original intention was to cycle the various stages in different areas across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. However, he said that became hard to do because of lockdown.

This isn’t the first charity ride Darren has undertaken. In 2019, he cycled 50 miles to raise money for Children in Need.

He said he hopes the money raised will “Help children who are in need at this trying time.”

In addition to the £1,000 he hopes to raise himself; Darren said that for every 20% of the route he completes Conqueror will plant a new tree.

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