A GERMAN-BORN Kirkcaldy man is preparing to cycle from London to Paris in under 24 hours for a charity which helps people with disabilities.
Klaus Berchtenbreiter, who is a business manager with On at Fife and also runs Extant Print in Glenrothes, has set himself a target of £1200 for the charity SCOPE, and he is being helped by the Kingdom Business Forum.
He explained: “My wife got me a racing bike for my birthday as I wanted to get fit.
‘‘I was chatting to a friend on facebook when this advert just popped up for the challenge for SCOPE.
“I had been thinking I needed to do something to make me feel more alive and put my cycling to some good use and this was just ideal.
“It is as much a personal challenge for me as anything else,” said Klaus.
“In order to cycle from London to Paris in 24 hours, I will need to seriously train and change my diet between now and July when we set off on the ride.”
Klaus (41), reckons that he will lose at least two stones in his quest to raise money.
Kingdom Business Forum, which supports local charities, is Klaus’ major sponsor and has contributed £250 as well as practical help.
Several businesses which are forum members have also signed up as individual sponsors, and their logos will appear alongside KBF on Klaus’ cycling apparel.
The forum holds weekly breakfast meetings at The Steadings in Kirkcaldy to build business relationships, and includes enterprises from one-man tradesmen to corporations and professional groups.
The distance to Paris is 280 miles, which the cyclists will divide into nine stages, with short breaks between each one, plus a break of three hours at Dover, waiting for the ferry.
This leaves them just over 16 hours of actual cycling, meaning they must maintain an average speed of around 17 m.p.h.
In his fitness regime Klaus currently cycles for 20 minutes in the morning on his stationary training cycle before cycling to work in Glenrothes and back and doing regular training rides around Fife.
He also plans to set up his training cycle in the Kingdom Shopping Centre soon, to let people know about his fundraiser.