Swapping buses for bikes in 200-mile ride

IN THE SADDLE Mark Child and Ian Luckett
IN THE SADDLE Mark Child and Ian Luckett

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A BUS company director got on his bike to take part in a 200-mile ride in a single day for charity.

Ian Luckett, of Fareham based Lucketts Travel, completed the mammoth cycling challenge in Sweden – the world’s largest organised bike ride – in just 13 hours.

The gruelling Vatternrundan sees 22,000 people race around Lake Vattern.

Ian joined the 45-man QlikTech team for the ride, along with local friends, Paul Swinburne and Mark Child, who is the vice president of information systems for QlikTech.

The team raised money for the HopeHIV charity which supports children in sub-Saharan Africa who have been orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Mr Luckett said: ‘This challenge is just about as far away from my day job as you can imagine.

‘Normally I’m obsessed by driving hours and tachographs, but I knew this was one journey where taking breaks wasn’t going to be on the agenda. Just finishing the ride was an achievement in itself.’