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Inspirational Mark Breaks The Cycle - Twice

Sunday’s gruelling Break The Cycle ride was a tough test for even the steeliest of cyclists – but for a primary school teacher from Bristol, 110 miles was only the halfway mark.

Mark Gibson - pictured top right - who teaches at Blaise Primary School in Henbury, cycled the route in reverse on Saturday, before repeating the feat on Sunday to raise over £550 for Bristol Rugby Community Foundation.

It’s not the first gruelling cycling challenge he has taken on, having completed a 600km ride to Snowdon just four weeks ago - and Mark said he was inspired by the sheer number of people taking part.

“He said: “I wanted to do the ride last year, but couldn’t and having been involved in the work that the Community Foundation do, I was keen to take part this year.

“I wanted to give something back and raise some money and this was what I decided on.

“I joked with Ben Breeze that I might do it twice to make up for missing last year – but after training for and completing a 600km ride to Mount Snowdon, I completed Break The Cycle…twice.

“Weather wise, Saturday was harder than Sunday as winds were up to 29mph.

“So cycling from Gloucester to Bath saw me riding straight into that – it was really leg sapping and I was seen crawling back up Gloucester Road quite late on Saturday night.

“I then tried to get to bed early but had to clean my bike, wash my kit etc. so I finally fell asleep at around 1.30am and was up at 6am.

“I arrived just on time Ashton Gate and it was good to see lots of familiar faces.

“On Sunday, I decided was going to ride own pace. My legs felt relatively empty, but other riders were my inspiration to keep on going.

“Seeing Saul Nelson put his heart into the ride was an inspiration for me.”

But Mark’s crazy weekend didn’t finish there and after over 200 miles of cycling, on the back of a Year 6 school camp, he drove to South Wales on Sunday evening to go ballooning.

To sponsor Mark via his Virgin Money fundraising page, click here.