CYCLISTS preparing to complete a mammoth bike ride have been put through their paces by a Uttoxeter gym to make sure they are ready for the challenge.
Members of the Talbot Charity Bike Club paid a visit to the Doghouse gym for a workout intended to maximise their fitness.
The cyclists will be riding 100 miles a day when they set off from Paris with the hope of returning to Uttoxeter five days later.
During the session, the cyclists were put through their paces in a boot camp-style training session with the gym’s new owner Jason O’Connor.
To help them reach their maximum fitness, Mr O’Connor worked out the best training needed for endurance cycling and then put it to the men to complete.
A spokesman for the club said that the first session proved to be a real eye -opener for the cyclists as they all thought they were fit until they did the session but were exhausted at the end.
Andrew Riley, of the Talbot Bike Ride Club, described the first session as an ‘experience’ they would not forget in a hurry.
He told the Advertiser: “The lads and I had a fantastic experience training at the Doghouse.
“Jason, the owner and personal trainer, put the lads through an experience like they have never experienced before.
“With Jason’s help, teamed with determination, the lads will be fit and ready to complete our ride on September 7 when I hope there will be many people from Uttoxeter joining us in the Market Place from noon to help to support our return from the Paris trip.”
The cyclists will be leaving Paris on September 2 with the hope of returning to Uttoxeter on September 7 to a welcome home party with the townsfolk showing their support.
The event will this year be raising money for YESS (Youth Emotional Support Services), which supports schoolchildren suffering from anxiety, exam stress and other issues they could be facing while tackling school life.
This will be the third time the men have pulled on their cycling shorts to raise cash for a town charity.
They started with a London to Uttoxeter ride for the Inside Outers and this proved so successful that the next year they headed up to Edinburgh before cycling back for Art and Soul.
Again this year the bike club is preparing to take the challenge one step further by cycling back from Paris in the hope of raising thousands for the chosen charity.
The team will be welcomed back to a coming home party which has previously included a flypast and stalls for visitors.
More information about the challenge and how to sponsor the team is available from the website at http://thetalbotcharitybikeclub.org.uk/ or by visiting their Facebook page.