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Kids challenged to beat BikeStock 48-hour World MTB record attempt distance - 365 miles

Ben Sherratt hopes to ride 365 miles in 48 hours at BikeStock - but can youngsters rack up more miles combined this weekend?

A Sustrans Bike-It officer in Brighton & Hove plans to ride 365 miles this weekend, one for each day of the year as part of an initiative to get local kids cycling– and he’s challenging them to match him mile-for-mile. In the process, he’s hoping to set a new 48-hour MTB world record.

Last year, Ben Sherratt launched BikeStock, a mountain bike event for kids held in Stanmer Park, Brighton. He cycled more than 200 miles in 24 hours, and threw the gauntlet down to youngsters to rack up more miles, combined, than he managed – which they duly did once all their laps of the one-mile, woodland circuit were totted up.

So why 365 miles? Well, in his role with the sustainable transport charity, Sharratt has been visiting local schools and urging children to ride their bikes each day of the year.

He’s already embarked on his 48-hour challenge, starting at 3pm this afternoon at Stanmer Park and he aims to pedal all the way through until the same time on Saturday afternoon.

For the final four hours, starting at 11am on Saturday morning, he’ll be joined by the youngsters hoping to amass enough miles between them to beat his total. It will be a mass start, so get there from 10am to make sure you don't miss it.

It’s not just children that are encouraged to go along. Adults too are welcome to help give Ben encouragement as well as some company in his endeavour, particularly during the overnight stints – and even if you’re not local, spread the word to let others know.

He’s undertaking the challenge partly to encourage kids to get riding, but also to raise money for Sustrans and the East Sussex Association for the Blind, with donations being accepted through his page on Virgin Money Giving.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Neil Newell | 9 years ago

At 7:17am this morning he had 222km in the bag, I hear. Another 362km to go to hit his target by 3pm Saturday then! Anyone going to Stanmer Park to cheer him on?

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