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Schoolboy to ride America's west coast

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: July 30, 2013

  • LONG RIDE: Ross Gardner is planning to ride the west coast

  • LONG RIDE: Ross Gardner is planning to ride the west coast RELM20130524D Photo by Liam McAvoy

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AN INTREPID student has set off on the cycle ride of a lifetime.

Former Royal Alexandra and Albert School pupil Ross Gardner, 18, is currently riding 1,400 miles from Sumas, on the US-Canada border, all the way down the west coast of America to San Diego.

Carrying everything he needs in three bags strapped to the side of his bicycle, and with no support or companions, Ross hopes to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

So far, he has raised almost £1,499.65 to combat the disease which affected both his granddad and his dog.

"My granddad died four years ago," he told the Mirror.

"It affected the whole family so much, everyone loved him and it hit us so hard.

"Then my dog got it too. It showed how wide an effect it can have and it really can hit anyone."

Ross's beloved pooch survived its battle with cancer, but with so many others affected, and in his granddad's memory, Ross was inspired to do his bit.

So, in the three months between finishing school and starting his degree in mechanical engineering at Cardiff, he is hitting the road.

Ross is aiming to ride between 40 to 60 miles each day, resting every fifth day.

But with his bags creating massive wind resistance on the sides of the bike, Ross is under no impression the trip will be easy.

"Probably finding places to sleep will be difficult. It will never go exactly to plan, that's what I'm worried about," he said before setting off.

"I don't know anyone out there. If I was doing this with a group it would be different, but it's a big country and I've just got little me."

For information, visit www.justgiving.com/smallguylongride

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