Death Valley cyclists do it for Norwood

10 November 2015

Twenty-one cyclists played roulette with the elements this week; battling snow, rain, baking desert temperatures and gale force headwinds as part of Norwood’s Las Vegas to Death Valley Challenge.

Together, they are set to raise more than £80,000 for the charity, which supports vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities.

The nine-day trip from the bright lights of the Vegas strip to the Death Valley deserts of California and Nevada encompassed breath-taking scenery, staggering rock formations and some of the highest elevations in the US.

Among the cyclists was veteran rider Lawrence Black, who has a learning disability and rode in tandem with Alan Manley. Cheered on by the other riders, the tandem team proved they were up to the challenge, defeating some of the toughest inclines Death Valley had to offer.

David Lightman is the only rider who’s taken part in a Norwood cycle challenge each year since they began in 1992. He said: "I’ve done twenty-five rides in total and this was the most amazing one so far. The riders are a fabulous group, so many new riders and such a great bunch. It was a really challenging ride; one morning we climbed 5000ft over ten miles!"