Devon trio’s charity challenge inspired by their dad

Sam, Rosie and Charlie King are embarking on cycling mission to cross Europe for charity

Sam, Rosie and Charlie King are embarking on cycling mission to cross Europe for charity - Credit: Archant

The King siblings grew up in Ottery St Mary and are set to cycle 2,000 miles across Europe

A team of cycling siblings will be following in their father’s footsteps when they embark on a 2,000-mile fundraising ride across Europe.

Rosie, Sam and Charlie King were inspired by their dad, Mat, who not only did a similar trip at the age of 17, but has himself raised more than £21,000 for charity, despite being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The trio grew up in Ottery St Mary, where Mat was a doctor at the Coleridge Medical Centre, and they will be riding to raise funds for two causes close to the family’s hearts - FORCE Cancer Charity and The Brain Tumour Charity.

They said they are in complete awe of their dad’s determination in such tough circumstances so decided to follow his lead and plan a challenge of their own – to complete the 2,000-mile ride across Europe in less than six weeks.

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Rosie, 23, said: “It was my youngest brother, Charlie, who first got inspiration from our dad - who cycled to Italy and back at the age of 17. He wanted to do the same thing before he turned 18.

“So he and Sam started planning a trip. I then got into road cycling last summer so we thought it would be a great thing to do together, whilst raising money for the charities.”

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Rosie will be joining her brothers for the first 600 mile leg of the challenge to Geneva and will then leave Sam, 21, and Charlie, 17, to complete the full 2,000 miles.

The trio embarks from Devon on July 23, and say they have a general level of fitness, but are not experienced cyclists so will find the distances of 50–70 miles they will need to cover each day a genuine challenge.

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