Teen from Swanton Abbott set to be ‘Flo rider’ for London to Paris cycling challenge

An intrepid teenager who has 'hardly ever' cycled is in training for a gruelling ride from London to Paris.

Flo Page, from Aylsham Road, Swanton Abbott, near North Walsham, is tackling the capital-to-capital challenge for three days from June 30.

She will be joined by a group of fellow students at Warwick University, where she is in her first year of an American history degree.

The 19 yearold, who went to Broadland High School at Hoveton and Notre Dame School in Norwich, will be raising money for the Breast Cancer Campaign, Hope for Children and Practical Action.

The ride, which is 70, 50 then 80 miles each day, was set up by the Raising and Giving group at university.

Because of the poor weather, Flo has been forced to do some of her training on static cycles called spinners.

Flo said: 'It's been such horrible weather, so when I can't get on the road I've been doing spinning in the gym. After Christmas I borrowed my dad's old mountain bike and took it to university.

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'Now a friend's dad has lent me a road bike.'

She added: 'I have hardly ever cycled really. We once cycled along Weavers' Way, but it was only 20 miles each day. We recently went to Brancaster, and I cycled there and back.'

Flo said she was 'looking forward to it', and said: 'I want to be fit and able enough to enjoy it all the way.'

? To sponsor Flo, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/flolilypage

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