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Pro team mechanic rides 6,600km around British coastline and visits all the lighthouses

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?

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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