Norfolk cyclists set for three-seater challenge for Big C

Three men from south Norfolk will be exploring the best of what the county has to offer during an unusual bike ride which aims to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

Neil Collins, 41, Nick Burrows, 41, and David MacEwan, 44, all from Great Moulton, near Diss, will be turning heads as they ride through 200 miles of Norfolk's beautiful countryside on a three-seater bicycle, known as a triplet.

The charitable ride, which they hope will raise �3,000 for The Big C, based in Norwich, will also take on the theme of Best in Norfolk which will involve the trio plotting their adventurous route around some of the area's greatest sights and places.

They are now calling on the public to submit their suggestions under categories, such as Norfolk's best beach, best pub or best country house, before they begin their three-day journey on September 9.

Mr Collins, who works at UK telecoms equipment provider Metaswitch in London, said: 'This could be anything from the best view to the best pub or even the best granny - we really want all suggestions.

'On a bike like this, you can't really take things too seriously and we're looking for anything which people think represents the best of our beautiful county - no matter how weird or whacky they are.'

The three cyclists have already undertaken some short practice runs on the 10ft triplet which is proving quite a handful.

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'Going in a straightline is fine but starting, stopping and turning all take a bit of getting used to. It can also really pick up speed going down hill and the previous owner managed to get it up to 48mph which must have been absolutely terrifying,' said Mr Burrows, a senior manager at Aviva in Norwich.

The trio decided to use their pedal power to support The Big C when they realised they all knew family members or friends who had been treated for cancer, but Mr MacEwan, who is a professor of pharmaceutical cell biology at the University of East Anglia (UEA), has also seen first hand the help the charity provides in funding research into the disease.

He said: 'I really can't think of a better charity to support. I know from first hand experience the difference that the funding from The Big C makes at the UEA. I'd encourage everyone to support them in any way they can and sponsoring three blokes on a silly bike is probably as good a way as any.'

Those who wish to nominate something for the Best of Norfolk ride or wish to sponsor the cyclists can email info@bigcbikeride.org or visit www.bigcbikeride.org

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