Doctor’s trans American cycle joy

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A Bardsey man has beaten all odds to cycle solo across America to raise money for Leeds based Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

Dr Mike Bosomworth, who works at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, had been due to tackle the 4,200 mile ride across the US in June last year when he suffered several fractured ribs and vertebrae when he was knocked off his bike.

But the 61-year-old father of three geared up again and set off from New York in April this year and finished on the West Coast city in May this year.

“The ride was every bit as challenging as I anticipated, if not more so and in a strange way I am enjoying it more now that I have finished,” added Mike who is this week appealing to people to help him reach his £10,000 target.

Mike, a lead clinician in blood sciences at Leeds General Infirmary, came up with the challenge to celebrate the double milestones of turning 60 and working for the NHS for 40 years.

He added: “I have many memories. The weather, the loose dogs in Kentucky and West Virginia and the vast plains of Nevada were real challenges.

“However, my overriding memories are of superb and varied countryside and most of all the generosity of the American people.

“I consider myself very lucky to have been able to complete what will probably be my challenge of lifetime and I am very grateful for the help and support I received from family, friends (old and new), colleagues in Leeds Teaching Hospitals.”

Mike has raised £9,000 but added: “All that remains now is for me to reach my fundraising target of £10,000, which although might be considered ‘the icing on the cake’ is probably more important than the ride itself.”

Sponsor Mike by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/mikebosomworth.