Pedal 4 Parks' epic journey
First ever UK cycle over sea and land from the Orkney Islands to the Isles of Scilly for National Parks
Pedal 4 Parks (Isaac Kenyon, Sal Montgomery, Alex Pierrot, Lukas Haitzmann and Alex Egan) have gone the extra sea mile, by extending the traditional John O' Groats to Lands End cycle to include the islands (Orkney Islands and Isles of Scilly) at each extreme, the first time anyone has attempted this. The team cycled for two weeks, covering 1200 miles and ascending 2.5 times the height of Everest; if that wasn't enough, they also cycled over some of the most treacherous and dangerous stretches of sea in Europe, completing a first of its kind endurance cycle challenge through many of the UK's National Parks, green spaces and marine environments.
Alex Pierrot: "Cycling over some of the most treacherous and dangerous seas in Europe was humbling and in the north there were even Orcas swimming in the same sea whilst we were on our waterbikes, it was a surreal moment. It reminded us that wildlife needs protecting and that starts with supporting our environment."
The journey was filmed to produce an eco-documentary; they connected with numerous experts in the environmental space to highlight regenerative and scalable initiatives which can improve the environmental quality of the UK, all whilst cycling. Watch the film trailer at pedal4parks.co.uk.
Team founder Isaac Kenyon: "We are lucky to be able to spotlight the National Parks here in the UK, there are some incredibly smart initiatives that are regenerating and protecting these areas and we had the pleasure of hearing about these projects first hand during our cycle."
Alongside the documentary, Pedal 4 Parks have created a podcast, "Mind the Green Space", which touches on the importance of being open about mental health and how green spaces help people mentally. The podcast is available on Spotify, Anchor FM and iTunes.
Lukas Haitzmann: "Since experiencing multiple lockdowns, for the team, time outdoors in green spaces has become precious for the benefits it has had on their physical and mental health. There has never been a time where we have appreciated nature as much as we do now."
Pedal 4 Parks are making the effort to support regenerative/conservation initiatives for national parks and are raising funds for the National Park UK Foundation.
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