Today, cycling scientists Georg Steinig and Benoît begin their 300km fundraising ride across Switzerland on behalf of UK based Kenyan charity Jalia.
Setting off at 12.30 (local time), they will be cycling the about 300 from Basel to Nyon over three days.
The ride is a national route through western Switzerland, generally tackled over a leisurely week, but the pair will be pushing their physical limits to cover the distance in less than half the time.
“We draw our motivation from the chance to help others overcome the barriers to access education and opportunity deemed “normal” in our daily world,” they have said on their fundraising page.
All money raised will be donated to Jalia, which is the chosen charity supported by the Fiona Conroy Memorial Fund. Jalia, which means ‘empower’ in Swahili, are a small grassroots charity established in 2010 to provide support for disadvantaged children and communities in Central Kenya.
The pair have explained that the British charity was chosen as Fiona was a fellow scientist of Kenyan origin who was inspirational and optimistic.
This isn’t the first time they will have undertaken this cycling challenge. Last April, the pair raised £430.50 for the charity by completing the same route. They have already beaten last year’s total by raising over half of their £1k target.
If you would like to support Georg and Benoît, please visit their Virgin Money Giving page.