Berkshire bicyclist prepares to cycle States | Action Medical Research

Berkshire bicyclist prepares to cycle States

24 July 2017

Graham Macgregor-Smith will set off from San Francisco on 29 July

A 54-year-old man from Berkshire’s preparing to cycle 3,200 miles across the United States of America for Action Medical Research.

Graham Macgregor-Smith, who was born and raised in Worcestershire, will set off from San Francisco Bay Area, California on 29 July and will arrive in Battery Park, Manhattan on Monday, 28 August.

Graham told Action he was always a keen cyclist as a child but admits he was distracted by four-wheeled vehicles once he passed his driving test at the age of 17: “I didn’t take up cycling again until I looked in the mirror one day in the early 90’s. I was in my thirties by that stage, and I really didn’t like what I saw! So I bought a mountain bike and a second-hand road bike in an effort to get fit.”

Spurred on by a friend who once rode the Tour de France route one day ahead of the pro-peloton (a distance of 2,200 miles), Graham has been training hard for the last few months with long rides in the Surrey Hills.

An Action supporter for more than a decade, Graham hopes to raise £10,000 for the charity: “When my son was three weeks old he spent five days in an oxygen tent with an acute bout of Bronchiolitis. This was a very fraught time for my wife and I, so we identify very much with the work that Action does.” 

You can read more about Graham’s challenge – and sponsor him – here.

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The charity is currently funding research into conditions including asthma, prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

 

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 NOTES TO EDITORS:

To download a photo of Graham by the Golden Gate Bridge:

https://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/gms_san_francisco.jpg

Read more about his preparation for the challenge here:

https://www.action.org.uk/blog/2017/06/29/peddle-power-cycling-states-charity

Follow Graham on Twitter @bay2hudson and Instagram bay2hudson.

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