A mechanic for a professional cycling team has completed a 6,600-kilometre ride around the coastline of Great Britain – and visited all 181 of the lighthouses that are located on the mainland.
Sam Hayes, who works for the UCI Continental outfit Madison Genesis, undertook the trip to raise money for the male suicide awareness charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
To date, he has raised almost £2,000 through the website Just Giving, against an initial target of £1,200 – enough to enable CALM, which receives around 200 calls daily, to run its helpline for 24 hours.
Hayes’ Twitter feed is well worth a look – who knew that selfiestaking by a bloke in a cycle helmet in front of lighthouses could be such a compelling genre of photography?
— Sam Hayes (@sqhayes) October 8, 2017
— Sam Hayes (@sqhayes) October 17, 2017
— Sam Hayes (@sqhayes) October 20, 2017
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.