UPDATE: Team member Leon Parks has sadly had his lovely Cannondale Synapse Sora bike stolen! Determined to keep training for the challenge, Unstoppable Leon is trying to sort out a replacement and get back on the two wheels as quickly as possible.
It's not the first time we've heard a story from one of our supporters about their bike being stolen before or during their challenge.
The Three Peaks challenge is gruelling enough, but when you factor in cycling an extra 500 miles between mountains, a whole new level of endurance is needed.
The challenge is the brainchild of Dyll Davies, who, after being inspired by the triumphs of Team GB during London 2012, decided to create the challenge in memory of his dear friend, Paul Lee Davis.
Paul sadly died at the young age of 37 after being diagnosed with Leukaemia. Paul loved speed as he raced BMX bikes as a boy and owned a motocross bike and rally car, and the nature of this challenge is definitely something he would have appreciated.
Lasting eight days, the event involves climbing the three highest peaks in Britain, Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon, and Ben Nevis, cycling to each peak – taking in three major karting circuits en route. This totals 530 miles with a total ascent climbed on both foot and bike of 30,632 feet – higher than Everest.
Dyll hopes to reach his intended target of £10,000 which will be split between Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the charity set up in the memory of Paul.
To celebrate the life of Paul, the PLD Fun Fund was set up in his memory. The fund provides fun days out and breaks away for young adults between the ages of 17 and 40 who are receiving treatment for any type of leukaemia or lymphoma at the haematology unit at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.
The challenge has been designed to appeal to as wide a potential community as possible. Cyclists, hill-walkers and karters will be allowed to take part in the event, accommodating their individual fitness levels and taking part for as long as their time schedule permits, allowing more people to get involved at their own pace and comfort levels and meaning that sponsorship levels and publicity will be increased.
To further participation, Dyll will be contacting local hill-climbing, cycling and karting clubs in and around the areas the challenge will be taking place in, meaning that local media coverage and specific media are able to get the event some publicity and spread the word of this epic challenge.
This challenge is exceptionally testing and we would just like to thank Dyll for coming up with the idea, and for helping to raise money to beat blood cancer. We wish Dyll and his fellow competitors the best of luck.