Bike ride set to cover 1,000 miles from Harrogate to Montpellier

Giles Stocks, who is planning a 900-mile bike ride to support the Starlight charity with his friend James Brown. (S)
Giles Stocks, who is planning a 900-mile bike ride to support the Starlight charity with his friend James Brown. (S)

Riding 1,000 miles is an undertaking many would shrink at, but a Harrogate man is preparing for such a feat.

Giles Stocks, a 30-year-old sound engineer who lives in the town, is taking to the road with his musician friend to raise as much money as possible for charity.

Giles, with James Brown, from Leeds-based band Pulled Apart by Horses, will be taking off from Harrogate before moving on to the continent, completing his 1,000-mile journey in Montpellier.

“My girlfriend was talking about a bucket list and we just came up with the idea of a bike ride, and I don’t think I have ever heard of anybody cycling from Harrogate to Montpellier before,” he said.

“I had an idea that 1,000 miles just sounded right. With my job I do a lot of driving around Europe, so I thought, that has a good ring to it, and Montpellier is just a lovely place to end up.”

Giles and James will be supporting Starlight - a charity that grants wishes and provides fun and entertainment to distract seriously and terminally ill children.

Already about £450 towards their target, the pair were initially hoping to raise £1,500 but will now be aiming for much more than that, trying to raise as much as they possibly can.

Giles said: “These children, some of them terminally ill, get a last wish granted to try and make things a little bit easier for them and I can’t imagine how bad it would be.”

Giles and James will be setting off on April 1 and hope to finish their trip by April 17.

To prepare, they have been riding much more than normal, starting off at ten miles a day for two weeks, then moving on to 40 miles every two days for two weeks.

After that they are going to do 60 miles a day for just over a week, and Giles said he hopes that will them up to the required fitness.

“Some of the hills we are going to get to are going to be quite substantial so we both need to be quite fit to tackle them,” he said.

To support Giles go to https://www.justgiving.com/gilesbikeadventure