Kidney donor prepares to cycle 1,200 kilometres in the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur

Two men from Honiton, one of whom donated a kidney to his son earlier this year, are preparing to cycle 1,200 kilometres in the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur.

Live kidney donor Richard Salisbury, 53, and fellow cyclist Ian Hennessey, 66, qualified for the ride after completing a 600 kilometre cycle between Exeter and Leighton Buzzard and back. 

It will be the sixth time Mr Hennessey has taken part in the French event.


The cyclists on the qualifying ride

Being staged between August 18 and 22, the epic cycle through France has to be completed in just 90 hours.

“The organisers expect nearly 7,000 riders to take part,” said Richard, who is no stranger to cycling in France.

He said the ride is ‘just a personal challenge’.

“I feel good,” he added. “Better than I was last year – before I donated my kidney – as I had a trapped nerve from cycling.”

The nineteenth event of its kind, the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur takes in some of the most beautiful forest massifs in France.

Its route includes 128 towns and will be manned by an army of 2,500 volunteers – all passionate about cycling.

To ensure a ‘festive finish’, the organisers say they have ‘erased’ elevations from the last stretch of the challenge.

The ethos of the event is ‘celebration, fun, sharing and respect’.


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