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Gearing up for 6,000 mile Arctic challenge

Gordon Stuart who is preparing to ride solo on 6,000 mile Arctic endurance challenge for charity. Picture by Bruce Allison.

Gordon Stuart who is preparing to ride solo on 6,000 mile Arctic endurance challenge for charity. Picture by Bruce Allison.

A biker is gearing up for an epic solo challenge to support a charity close to his heart.

Gordon Stuart is preparing to ride 6,000 miles from Whitley Bay to the Artic Circle at Nordkapp, the most northerly point in Europe.

The 25-year-old first tried the challenge in 2011 but fell 1,000 miles short after an accident in Sweden on day eight.

Gordon is hoping to complete the trip in three weeks, riding to Dover, crossing to Calais and riding through Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland to finish in Norway.

He said: “It’s a mammoth ask to do the mileage in such a short time frame and that makes it more dangerous.

“Most bikers would take four to five weeks to do this kind of trip on the roads available with plenty of rest days, but I’ll be averaging around 300 miles a day for 21 straight days on some of Europe’s toughest roads.”

Gordon is doing the trip in aid of the charity Cerebra, which supports his younger brother Robbie, aged 17, who suffered brain damage at the age of nine months in a near miss cot death.

On his last trip, Gordon, who is married to Kirsty, raised £1,700 for Cerebra and is hoping to beat this amount.

Gordon, a project manager for Hewlett Packard, will be holding fundraising events before the challenge on May 24.

He will also be keeping people updated of the challenge via his blog and a video diary.

“I wanted a record of my trip to share with my friends and family so I decided to film it. Then it came to me that I could raise more money by sharing my film to a wider audience,” said Gordon.

Donations can be made at www.virginmoneygiving.com/arcticride2014

Supporters can keep track of Gordon via www.arcticride.blogspot.co.uk; www.facebook.com/arcticride; on Twitter @arcticride2014 or on YouTube by searching ‘Arctic Ride 2014’.

Gordon has gained the backing of north east companies including Newcastle Rider Training, Allinsons Photography, the North East Motorcycle Racing Club, and Custom.

He said: “The support I’ve had from the motorcycle community in the north east has been fantastic and without their help the trip wouldn’t be able to go ahead.”

DFDS Seaways are providing Gordon with his ferries to the continent while Nomad-biker Ltd will help by giving him an arctic survival course.

 

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