“The challenge will involve four days of cycling covering 200 miles over tough terrain with a total elevation of 16,000ft which is not far off the height of Everest,” Phil added.
“It’s ambitious but I’m sure we can do it and I’d love to be able to beat the fundraising target of £10,000.”
Dave Nicoll, RNLI Fundraising and Partnerships Manager said: “Phil and his family have been part of the RNLI family since they lost Mike in 2014 and the charity has been grateful and inspired by Phil’s determination to raise awareness of sea safety through his grief. By telling Mike’s story, there is no doubt he will have saved lives.
“But cycling 200 miles and nearly the height of Everest is a challenge of another kind and is truly awe inspiring. It’s an incredible feat by someone relatively new to cycling and we have no doubt he will inspire others and, in the process, smash his fundraising target.”
Phil is being joined on the ride by friends, family and colleagues including NHBC inspector Matt Groves, cousin Liz Porter and her partner Richard Goddard-Jones, family members Alan Jackson and Alex Walker, plus Edenstone Group colleagues Chris Edge, Steve Barley, Mike Huddleston, Richard Senior and Lewis Morgan.
Edenstone Group operations director Chris Edge said: “Phil is a real inspiration and we’re sure Mike would be as proud as we are at his passion for supporting the RNLI. While a few of his colleagues will be supporting him during the challenge, the entire Edenstone Group team is behind him. Plus we’ll be boosting his fundraising with a donation from the Edenstone Foundation.”
The team will wear “Ride for Mike” shirts, provided by the Edenstone Foundation. The foundation receives a proportion of the proceeds of every home sold by the Edenstone Group and has pledged to donate £1,500 to Phil’s fundraising.
To donate to Phil’s fundraiser go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philip-bindon-cyclechallenge.
For more information about the Edenstone Foundation see https://edenstonefoundation.com.
Day 1 June 26: Weston-super-Mare to Minehead, following cycle route 33 then along A38 and onto A39, with some 2,100 ft of elevation, approx. 49 miles.
Day 2 June 27: Minehead to Ilfracombe, taking in the village of Porlock, approx. 42 miles with an elevation gain of around 5,000ft.
Day 3 June 28: Ilfracombe to Bude approx. 55 miles with elevation of around 3,500ft over the distance.
Day 4 June 29: Bude to Padstow, including a call into Port Isaac RNLI station, and possibly Rock RNLI station, approx. 33 or 43 miles depending on route, with elevation of 2,900ft