Gosport cyclist taking on the clock for charity challenge

TIME TRIAL Jeremy Fox is taking on the hour challenge at Gosport Leisure Centre on Sunday
TIME TRIAL Jeremy Fox is taking on the hour challenge at Gosport Leisure Centre on Sunday

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The head of media at Gosport Borough FC is going up against the clock to raise money for charity.

Jeremy Fox, or Jezza as he is known, will be seeing how many miles he can cycle in an hour on a static bike at Gosport Leisure Centre to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

Jeremy, who is a member of the Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club, said: ‘The hour record has always fascinated me.

‘I watched Bradley Wiggins set a new record earlier this year and wondered how I would do against the clock in that situation.

‘Doing it on a static bike is a lot different to doing it on the road. It’s a very different animal.

‘You don’t have weather or traffic dictating things so there are no excuses. It’s just you and the bike against the clock. If you get it wrong you can only blame yourself. I like that and it motivates me to nail it.’

The 37-year-old added that training has been going well, with the 21-mile target being reached consistently.

‘That’s my target for the day but I reckon I could push on for 22.5 miles and at an absolute limit, hit 23 miles,’ he said.

The event is happening at 9am on Sunday and Jeremy is hoping to raise as much money as possible.

The charity was set up by ex-Pompey player Dave Waterman in memory of his son Oakley, who died 10 years ago.

It gives families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses the chance to have a short holiday in a caravan at Church Farm Holiday Village, near Chichester.

Jeremy, a keen cyclist, has already taken on a 100-mile ride in London and one of France’s toughest mountain passes, the Mont Ventoux.

He added: ‘It’s cycling at its purest yet most difficult. You can’t change gears and have to really work hard to accumulate a decent distance.

‘It is going to hurt and I’m going to go through the pain barrier so I can play a small part in keeping Oakley’s wish alive.’

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/Jeremy-Fox4.