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Sam Hayes of Madison Genesis was raising money for male suicide awareness charity

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?

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.

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Another David [29 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Hope you enjoyed Mumbles lighthouse.

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the infamous grouse [60 posts] 4 weeks ago
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i'll be quite surprised if he included cape wrath lighthouse, on that bike.

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Simon E [3122 posts] 4 weeks ago
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the infamous grouse wrote:

i'll be quite surprised if he included cape wrath lighthouse, on that bike.

He had intended to but was defeated by the weather:

https://twitter.com/sqhayes/status/910584414102532096

It looks like quite a tough ride, clocking up a good number of 100+ km days on terrain that was often far from easy.

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McHackety [4 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Fantastic achievement that.

Can't believe Genesis didn't give him a bike to do it on though...

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hawkinspeter [1036 posts] 4 weeks ago
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I bet he didn't do Lundy. Highest lighthouse in the UK, though they had to stop using it when they realised it couldn't be seen when there was heavy fog.

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df280 [12 posts] 3 weeks ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

I bet he didn't do Lundy. Highest lighthouse in the UK, though they had to stop using it when they realised it couldn't be seen when there was heavy fog.

It does say the mainland so doubt he did Lundy, plus not sure you'd even get a mountain bike up there, hiking it is difficult enough!

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hawkinspeter [1036 posts] 3 weeks ago
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df280 wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

I bet he didn't do Lundy. Highest lighthouse in the UK, though they had to stop using it when they realised it couldn't be seen when there was heavy fog.

It does say the mainland so doubt he did Lundy, plus not sure you'd even get a mountain bike up there, hiking it is difficult enough!

I don't think bikes are allowed on there anyway. It's not that difficult a walk to the Old Lighthouse, just a lot of sheep shit (I've stayed in the Old Lighthouse properties a few times).