Fundraisers get on their bikes for a good cause

cyclists got on their bikes for a marathon challenge and raised thousands of pounds to help disabled children.

East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op trainers Mark Kiehlmann (45), Phil Hunter (39) and David Smith (21) completed the gruelling 95-mile West Highland Way on mountain bikes in just over 22 hours.

The cyclists burned up 12,000 calories each during the challenge - and suffered three flat tyres - before completing the endurance ride just after midnight on Sunday, July 1.

They set off from Milngavie at 2am on Saturday, June 30.

The challenge has now raised £2,000 for the cycle co-op. The cash will be used to buy a fleet of bikes that can be used by children with disabilities.

Mark, who is also the founder of the cycle co-op, said: “We’re delighted that we finished and raised the money. There was a real sense of achievement when we finished.

“The cycle co-op is all about getting people to achieve things they thought were not possible.

“Doing 95 miles in one day on a mountain bike is bordering on the impossible.

“There were always doubts about whether we would finish, but we all stuck together and worked as a team.

“We were tired when we got to the end, but there was also a degree of euphoria.”

The team are now keen to take on the challenge again next year and are asking anyone who would be interested in joining them to get in touch.

For more information visit www.edcyclecoop.org.uk