THE former mayor of Ashby and his have begun the final stage of their epic ‘Home2Rome’ cycle ride.
Richard and Angela Bebbington have crossed the border into Italy and are heading for Rome as part of a bid to raise funds for Wishes 4 Kids – which grants wishes to disabled children.
The pair started their trek from Ashby two weeks ago and have taken in a host of places across France and are now on their way to view the famous leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to Rome.
Mr Bebbington said: “Thanks to everyone for your good wishes and waving us off. Your support is unbelievable.
“We know that one of the toughest challenges for us now between here and Rome will be the heat, but each day we tick off is getting closer to the finish point.
“We are still working on the ‘one day at a time’ theory as it’s worked so far.”
This latest challenge is totally self-funded, allowing every penny raised to go directly to their nominated charity.
At the end of the challenge, the couple will have completed around 1,400 miles in total.
Mr Bebbington added: “From Caen we had more 150 miles to complete in two days, taking us to Pithiviers.
“Once there we enjoyed a well-earned rest, taking in the sights and hospitality of Pithiviers, a French town twinned with our home town of Ashby.
“Following a route to Annecy, we then started to prepare for the challenging ride across the Alps.
“We then took the Beaufort route and Petit St Bernards Pass which rises to 2188m and crosses into Italy, arriving in Aosta.
“This is where we are now and are set to start the final week or so of our journey.
“Once in Italy we will travel to Pisa where we will be able to admire tourist attractions such as the leaning Tower of Pisa.
“Once we leave Pisa we will be on the home stretch heading down towards the city of Rome, completing around 1,400 miles in total.”
To date, the couple have raised just under £3,000 and to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Home2Rome2013
More information is available by visiting www.ivanhoechallenge.co.uk