An aspiring Victoria Pendleton from Haverhill is being sought to participate in a charity cycle from Gibraltar to Britain next year.
Supercop Simon Bourne – who won the Deca Ironman Triathlon in Monterrey, Mexico, last year by beating 11 others in race consisting of a 24 mile swim, 1,160 mile cycle and 262 mile run – is hoping to train a woman to cycle in the Rock Ride 2014.
Haverhill policeman Bourne is the ride coordinator for the event, which he took part in when it was held for the first time in 2010.
That race consisted of an all-male cast, and now Bourne, from Bury St Edmunds, is hoping to find a woman from Haverhill willing to be trained to stop that from happening again in next year’s race, which will also have 20 people cycling around 100 miles a day for a fortnight.
“This is for people who are looking for a multi-day ride, who have maybe done London to Paris or something similar,” said Bourne.
“I want to raise the profile of female cycling and I want to bring in a woman who would like to join the ride.
“This is a great opportunity for a woman to raise the profile of female cyclists.”
He estimates the commitment would be around ten hours of training a week, with Bourne providing help with a training programme and liaising with the woman through her training.
It costs £500 to enter the race, and around half the places have been taken already.
“I hope there are women in the town who are up for this and I would like to think there’s a female cyclist out there who would like to get involved.
“As well as raising their own level, this is a great opportunity to see some of Europe.
“I take my ambassador role (as Gold Sporting Ambassador for Suffolk) quite seriously and want people to get involved in sport.”
To get involved, e-mail Bourne at email@example.com
Victoria Pendleton CBE, 32, won gold medal in the sprint at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and then grabbed gold in the keirin and silver in the sprint at London 2012 while representing the successful GB cycling team.
She is also a gold member of Mildenhall Cycling Club.
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