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Hay-on-Wye man to tackle epic cycle challenge on handmade wooden bike

Andrew Dix, 50, from Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire is taking part in the Drover Cycles Gospel Pass Everesting Challenge to help raise money for leading men’s health charity, Prostate Cancer UK.

On Saturday 15th June, Andrew is hoping to raise over £1,000 by riding up and down the Gospel Pass (the highest pass in Wales) sixteen times until he has ridden the height of Mount Everest. In total Andrew will ride 8848m and 250km, that will be done as a single ride, with no sleep, taking around twenty hours to complete. [aoa id=”1″]

The handmade wooden bike made by Andrew Dix, a furniture maker from Hay-on-Wye

[/aoa]Andrew, a furniture maker by trade, will be riding his own wooden bike in what he understands to be a world first. The bike is currently a prototype that Andrew hopes to manufacture on a bigger scale.

Andrew was inspired to take on the challenge after his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Andrew said: “I decided to take on this challenge for Prostate Cancer UK because, through my father’s prostate cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, I became aware of just how common this disease is and want to do whatever I can to get more people talking about prostate cancer.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge and I’m delighted to be raising awareness of this disease and much needed money to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”

Gabriella Bailey, Head of Community Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re so grateful that Andrew has decided to take on this challenge to help raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The money raised will help us fund research for real change, from more effective testing to better treatments.

“Currently one man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s more than 11,500 men a year and by 2030, prostate cancer is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK. We need to turn the game around for men and make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear. We thank Andrew for joining the fight and wish him every success with his challenge.”

To help Andrew continue to raise money visit https://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Dix-Everest