Cyclist set for India challenge

6th Dec 2012

A cyclist from Leamington is set to ride 400km in five days in India to raise money for charity.

Hayley Grainger is aiming to complete the mammoth challenge on the sub-continent next year to raise funds for the Acorns Children's Hospice.

Her journey, which will begin in Jaipur, will take her through some of the more rural towns and villages in the country before she crosses the finish line in Agra - home to the iconic Taj Mahal.

The 27-year-old cyclist already has experience of long cycling challenges having completed the London to Paris ride for charity earlier this year.

She said she is keen to use her previous experience to help her prepare for the Indian adventure.

Hayley added: "I'm the only member of my family who has not visited India so I'm excited to see the country for myself and especially see the parts that are quite far from the typical tourist areas."

Lucy Shepherd, treks and challenges officer for Acorns, said she admired Hayley's determination to complete the cycle ride, and particularly having to cope with the Indian heat.

She stated: "The India Cycle Challenge is both physically and emotionally demanding but participants will be rewarded with a once in a lifetime opportunity and a sense of achievement."

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