He may not have set the world record he was aiming for, but James Golding certainly won the hearts of many on his latest cycling challenge.
Five years ago, the adventurer from Rugby couldn’t walk, having survived cancer against the odds.
And as if that wasn’t enough, James underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy again for another tumour just two years ago. But that just added to his determination – which is why he took on the ‘Ride for a Reason’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and to inspire others.
James said: “I would like to thank my sponsors and my incredible team for their part in this.”
James had hoped to break the record for riding 1,740 miles from in St Malo in north-west France to Nice in the south-east and back, which stands at seven days.
But after riding for three days at 32kph for over 200 miles a day, a combination of knee, leg, and back pain with strong headwinds conspired to make the record unattainable.
James rode to the south coast in just three days and reached 900 miles within the first four days. The decision to turn around some 120 miles short of Nice was made by the team as a whole due in part to safety reasons.
Progress had been severely hampered by holiday traffic in which James was constantly dropping his support vehicles and had been battling against severe winds for the last 60 miles of day three. After five days progress was extremely slow and painful and the team decided to pull James off his bike, having covered just over 1,100 miles in total.
James wanted to continue on day six, so took to the road once more. But the team once again had to take the decision to pull him off his bike as he was clearly in a lot of pain with progress becoming slower.
A spokesman for James’s team said: “The only miss in all of this is that James isn’t rewarded with a world record, but as a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer, Ride For A Reason remains and will continue to be a huge success.”
James’s former exploits include a ride across the USA, – and he promises to have another go at breaking the seven-day record. James has raised more than £2 million for charity so far, and £30,000 from his French challenge. Visit www.rideforareason.org for more information.