Monday 11 July 2016

NTU student to cycle 4,000 miles in aid of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre

Rebecca Tolputt
Rebecca Tolputt

One Nottingham Trent University (NTU) student is preparing for the trip of a lifetime across the USA – all by bicycle!

Rebecca Tolputt, who is currently finishing her student placement year as Fundraising Assistant at NTU, will be travelling a massive 4,000 miles throughout the summer, starting on 3 August 2016.

Rebecca's epic trip will begin on the west coast in Seattle, where she will begin her three-week route to Denver with her brother. The duo will pass some amazing landmarks during the first part of their journey, including the Yellowstone National Park, and will cover around 70 miles per day. The remaining six weeks will see Rebecca cycle solo, concluding the journey in New York on 3 October – just in time to travel back and start her final year at NTU.

The trans-America cycle will be in aid of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, based on Clifton campus, with 100% of the money raised going to life-saving cancer research. Rebecca's aim is to raise £1 per mile, giving her a target of £4,000.

Rebecca says: "Funnily enough cycling hasn't always been a passion of mine, I didn't discover the sport until I was 18. The past year I have continuously pushed myself as an endurance cyclist with distance training, but this will be my biggest challenge to date. 

"Doing this trip solo for the majority of the journey will be an added mental challenge. The whole trip is completely unsupported and I will carry everything I need with me, including camping equipment so I am completely self-sufficient. I really hope my efforts can help raise the £4,000 target for the centre."

You can support Rebecca's journey by donating on her Just Giving page, as well as get updates of her cycle by following the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre on Facebook and Twitter. Rebecca will also documenting the journey on her personal Instagram @rlt.cycles.

Find out how you can get involved with fundraising for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre here.

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