Clifton cyclist Chris Bloomfield to ride Route 66 in America to raise funds for charity
A Clifton insurance broker must be hoping that 'six' is his lucky number.
He is planning to ride 66 miles a day for 66 days - on the famous Route 66 which crosses the United States.
Chris Bloomfield, 26, who is single, expects to ride a total of 3,500 miles from New York to Chicago and down to Los Angeles.
The route will take him through desert, mountains and some of the most sparsely populated areas of the continent.
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He has decided to undertake the ride in memory of his grandfather who died of Alzheimer's Disease.
Chris said: "I am trying to emulate his vulnerability by riding through some pretty inhospitable places.
"The difference for me is that it is self-inflicted and my grandfather did not have that choice."
Chris said that as his grandfather's condition grew worse, he was less able to take care of himself which was a desperately sad experience.
"By being totally out of my own comfort zone, perhaps I will get a glimpse of what he went through," Chris said.
He is raising money for the Alzheimer's Society and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
"I chose the society because they give such a lot of support to the families as well as the patient," he said.
He has already been promised £1,500 but hopes to raise a total of £20,000.
He is taking unpaid time off work and paying for all his own expenses including his flight so that every penny raised can go to the charities.
Chris was born and raised in Ipswich but came to Bristol seven years ago to study business studies at the University of the West of England.
After finishing his degree, he landed a job as an insurance broker with a firm in the city.
He is planning to buy a sturdy touring bike for the trip and has decided to use a trailer instead of panniers to carry his tent and belongings.
One of his fundraising stunts will be to challenge two Atlantic rowers to a "race" in Cabot Circus in April where they will go head to head to cover the greatest distance.
For more information, go to www.justdoitforcharity.com