Champion cyclist from Malvern completes charity ride in memory of father

Image source, Tracey Moseley

Image caption, Tracey Moseley rode 200 miles from dawn to dusk to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford

  • Author, Susie Rek
  • Role, BBC News, West Midlands

A multiple mountain bike champion has completed her longest ride to raise money for the hospice where her late father was treated.

Tracey Moseley from Malvern, along with hundreds of others, cycled 200 miles (329.9 kilometers) from the Isle of Sheppey to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

She hopes to raise £9,000 for St Michael’s Hospice in memory of her father Michael, who died in January aged 79 from pancreatic cancer.

“After witnessing the wonderful care provided at the hospice, I realized why so many people want to support them,” she said.

Image source, Steve Behr/Stockfile

Image caption, Tracey Moseley, pictured with dad Michael before he died earlier this year

Ms Moseley took part in the Chase the Sun challenge, which sees participants cycle from coast to coast on one of four routes across Scotland, Ireland, Italy and England.

Cyclists left at sunrise and tried to arrive at their destination at sunset.

“Dad had only been diagnosed a few weeks earlier, but he still wanted to film,” she said.

“I had never heard of this race. Cycling is my life, but never over this distance.

“Hopefully we can raise as much money as possible for St Michael’s Hospice.”

She completed the race with three friends, starting around 5am BST and reaching the seaside town just before 8:30pm BST.

Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester afterwards, she said her legs felt surprisingly good.

“I’m more exhausted if I get up at 3am and eat porridge than if I don’t go to bed until 1am the next day,” she said.

“I had a great time and am very proud that I actually completed the challenge.”

On her JustGiving page she said she wanted to “make dad proud by cycling as far as I’ve ever done in one day”.

She still has around £3,000 to go to reach her target of £9,000, which is equivalent to the daily costs of the hospice’s inpatient unit.

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