Two Kirkcaldy men are preparing for a mammoth cycle - 300 miles in 24 hours from London to Newcastle - to raise money for Maggie’s Fife.
But while one has all the experience, training and equipment you would expect for such a venture, the other has not cycled since he was a teenager.
Klaus Berchtenbreiter (42), business manager with Fife Cultural Trust, took part in the London to Paris in 24 hours cycle last year for SCOPE, the mental health charity. A keen cyclist, he nevertheless had to train rigorously for the gruelling event, which he completed in 22 hours and 56 minutes, raising just under £1390.
Derek Cowan (32), however, who will partner Klaus in the race, has just bought a second-hand bike, his first in 13 years, and started training for the event, which takes place on August 30 and 31 this year.
The pair will have a special passport stamped at Maggie’s in London and will then set off to have it stamped 300 miles north at another Maggie’s in Newcastle.
Derek, who runs award-winning Get It Done Cleaning in Kirkcaldy, said: “As a businessman, I firmly believe that it’s not all about taking as much as possible; if everyone gave a little bit, we would all be in a much better position.
“When we focus on the needs of people who are disadvantaged, it puts our own challenges into perspective. Having said that, I stand to gain excellent fitness through this, and I’ll lose a few pounds too!”
They aim to raise a minimum of £3000 but hope to achieve twice that amount.
Donors can visit www.facebook.com/onabikeformaggies to donate.