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RNLI gies to aid of cyclists who had pedalled to end of UK's longest breakwater, but they turn down help...

We’re pretty sure we’ve ever heard of a lifeboat being deployed to rescue cyclists before, but that’s what happened in North Wales on Monday evening when two men aged in their 20s decided to pedal to the end of the 1.7-mile Holyhead breakwater, the longest such structure in the United Kingdom.

Amid gale force winds coming in from the Irish Sea and with waves crashing against the top of the 63-foot tall lighthouse that stands at the end of the breakwater, the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at Holyhead, staffed by volunteers, was launched to go to the cyclists’ aid.

With the Coastguard, ambulance crews and parmedics on hand, an RNLI crewman braved the conditions to clamber up onto the breakwater and asked the men to return to land in the lifeboat, but they decided to ride back instead.

Once they reached the shore, the pair were taken by Coastguards by road to Holyhead lifeboat station, where they were handed over to ambulance crews, says the RNLI.

The men were reportedly given safety advice.

Holyhead, often assumed to be on Anglesey, is actually on the smaller Holy Island, connected by bridge to its much larger neighbour.

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.