Determined Brinklow cyclist to take on huge American race after his mum’s MS diagnosis

Chris Orfeur with Dave Thornton at Thorntons Cycle Centre in Rugby
Chris Orfeur with Dave Thornton at Thorntons Cycle Centre in Rugby

A determined cyclist is taking on a gruelling race across America to raise money for a multiple sclerosis charity after his mum was diagnosed with the condition.

Chris Orfeur, from Brinklow, will be riding a minimum of 230 miles a day in 40 degree heat as part of the Race Across the West (RAW) challenge in America.

I don’t just want to complete this race, I want to ride as hard as I can

Chris Orfeur

The course, which must be completed in under 90 hours, takes in vast swathes of the rugged American West, including the Arizona Desert and the Colorado Rockies.

“I’m doing this for my mum,” Chris said.

“She was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and it has turned her life upside down. I just want to make the most of being fit. You can never tell what’s around the corner.

“When I told my mum about RAW, I asked her which charity she would like me to promote and raise money for and she chose the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.”

Chris will start the mammoth journey on June 16 in Oceanside California with four close friends.

“I’m strangely excited about the prospect of putting my body and mind to the test. I don’t just want to complete this race, I want to ride as hard as I can,” he said.

His friends will be manning two support vehicles and ensuring Chris stays hydrated, fed and on the right road.

Chris, who has always enjoyed cycling, fell in love with the sport in 2012, when he cycled from La Rochelle in France to Barcelona, climbing the Pyrenees en route. He would ride up to 80 miles each day, straddling a 20-year-old Trek touring bike that he bought for just £15.

“As soon as I discovered RAW my competitiveness and urge to push myself just overtook, turning me from this shabby looking vagabond who just rides for pleasure and to work, to a shabby looking vagabond in lycra, soon to be custom Scimitar Lycra.”

To sponsor Chris, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/orphsmaddash2