Pedal power for Weymouth twosome

Dorset Echo: ON OUR BIKES: Cyclists Pamela and Clare Sell ON OUR BIKES: Cyclists Pamela and Clare Sell

TWO women will be undertaking a tandem bike ride on September 30 from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Pamela Sell, 27, grew up in Weymouth but now lives in London, and her sister-in-law, Clare Sell, 32, from Dartmoor, will be cycling for 14 days across the UK to raise money for charity.

The pair have been training for months in the gym and learning how to balance and pedal as a team on the two-man bike.

Miss Sell said: “The first day we went out on it together around Weymouth Football Club , we used the car park to practise turning left and right.

“Then we pedalled out of sync going along the causeway to Portland and almost came off, when we turned round there was a police car on our shoulder wondering what was going on, so we’ve definitely had some adventures with it so far.”

The 898-mile journey will raise money for Great Ormond Street hospital and Whizz Kidz, a charity helping to give disabled children a more independent life.

Pamela and Clare will be riding on a Dawes Galaxy Twin bike and stopping only to eat and sleep.

They have been collecting cans and selling them on to cover the cost of accommodation so that all the money can go to individual charities.

They have also been given a lot of support from people all over the country who said they would join them for a leg of the journey.

Mrs Sell has three children and works for CRS Adventures LTD, an outdoor education centre at the River Dart County Park.

Miss Sell works as an accountant for BT, in London, and said her sister-in-law came up with the idea for the tandem bike ride and persuaded her to take part.

They have already raised over £900 for Great Ormond Street and £500 for Whizz Kidz and Miss Sell hopes more donations will be made once the journey gets underway.

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