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City fan completes bike ride challenge
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Jul 12, 2017, 13:02

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A lifelong Cambridge City fan braved the summer heat last weekend as he completed a 47 mile round trip on his bike to see the Lilywhites open up their pre-season programme at Haverhill Borough.

Neil Harvey took to his "vintage" Carlton Criterium racing bike as part of the ‘Do something for City’ summer fundraising programme organised by the Supporters Trust.

The bike, which Neil has been riding on and off since the 1980’s, found its way to Haverhill from the starting point in Girton before heading into Cambridge and then winding its way round Fulbourn, Balsham, West Wratting, and Withersfield before eventually arriving at its destination ahead of kick-off.

The ride came after Neil competed in the Leighton Bromswold bike-fest (50 miles on 10th June) followed by a 25 mile route later in June as part of "Eroica Britannia" – a music/bike festival for all pre-1988 cycles, so his Carlton Criterium was perfect for the event that was held in the hills of Derbyshire.

His latest trip to Haverhill may well be the last on his bike that has been loyal to him over the years. He said “I think it is probably about time I updated it to something more modern. In a way the ride to Haverhill last Saturday was a trip down memory lane as my first long-distance ride on the Carlton was to Haverhill way back in 1983 and in all likelihood last weekend will be the last long journey I do on it”.

Sponsorship money has been rolling in with nearly £100 raised so far and his efforts were rewarded as he saw City kick-off their pre-season programme with a 4-1 victory.

City fan Neil Harvey after he arrived at Haverhill Borough FC

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