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Devonport cyclists supporting charity heroes challenge

23 September 2019
Royal Navy Warrant Officers Barry ‘Stirling’ Moss and Ian ‘Hattie’ Jacques have been supporting a five day RNRMC charity cycle ride from London to Paris by not leaving Devonport.

The two Sailors who are based at HMNB Devonport set themselves the goal of helping fundraise for the Royal Navy-Royal Marines Charity, London to Paris Heroes Challenge cycle, by doing the complete distance in a nonstop marathon.

Commodore Rob Bellfield, Commander Devonport Flotilla was there to see them start the equivalent of the 300 mile distance in a continuous stretch using static watt bikes.

“I have always been a keen cyclist, both for pleasure and over recent years as a sport, representing the Royal Navy at both Road Racing and Time-trialling at Inter-service level,” said Barry.

Riding through the night, we had each other for company and a small support team assisted us through the tough hours, it was a long night.

Warrant Officer Barry ‘Stirling’ Moss

“This was not my first cycling endurance event, having completed the Royal Marines 166.4 mile event two years ago, but this was much more challenging physically and mentally, because of the time were riding for.”

“Riding through the night, we had each other for company and a small support team assisted us through the tough hours, it was a long night.”

During their 22 hour endurance challenge the pair were encouraged by the visitors to the Mess foyer, where they were completing their challenge as well as some help from the hall porter on duty.

“We bounced off each other, getting through the low points before dawn and then the mess started to fill up again, and we were spurred on by people chatting to us and using the mess.

“The RNRMC is really important to me, I am the middle of three generations to serve in Royal Navy and knowing the RNRMC is there by my side, should I need their help during and after service, is a real comfort to my family.”

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