Tandem Men set off on adventure of a lifetime

8 June 2016

The Tandem Men set off

The Tandem Men’s bid to circumnavigate the globe on a tandem bicycle has begun.

The sun was out and so were family, friends and supporters from Porchlight when The Tandem Men set off from Canterbury Cathedral at 10am this morning (June 8th).

George Agate and John Whybrow are attempting to cycle 18,000 miles across Europe, through the Orient, traverse the Australian outback and along the Pan-American Highway on a tandem.

They’re hoping to raise £100,000 which will be split between us, Great Ormond Street and Water Aid.

The journey is expected to take 8 to 10 months. When the Tandem Men cross the finish line back at Canterbury Cathedral they will enter the Guinness Book of Records as the first duo to ever achieve such a feat. 

They have chosen to raise money for Porchlight because it’s a charity that’s both local to them and close to their hearts. “Homelessness is something we see every day walking through Canterbury, and something we want to help with,” John explained.

The guys visited one of our young person’s hostels last month and got to meet some of the people it supports.

The money they raise will allow us to continue supporting homeless and vulnerable people with their housing and mental health needs, and help get them back into education or employment. You can donate money to the Tandem Men throughout their journey.

For the ride to Dover, George and John were accompanied by long-time Porchlight supporter Paul Barrett (chairman of Canterbury 4 Business and managing director of Barretts Motor Group) and his cycling group.

They expect to end up near Paris after their first day of riding, and are aiming to cover roughly 600 miles each week. People will be able to track their journey as it occurs (wifi permitting) via their website. We will also be keeping people up-to-date with their pictures, posts and blog entries.

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