Cyclists gearing up for Parisian challenge

New cycling club called 'Stamina' set up in Sleaford.
L-R Andrew Stevens, Nige Dean and Tom Dean.

New cycling club called 'Stamina' set up in Sleaford. L-R Andrew Stevens, Nige Dean and Tom Dean.

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Two Sleaford cyclists are preparing to cycle across the Channel for charity and for one of them it is a return to the saddle after breaking his back less than a year ago.

STaMiNa (letters with founding members’ initials in capitals) is a new, informal cycling club set up in Sleaford by Tom Dean, his dad Nige Dean, Andrew ‘Shakes’ Stevens and Mike Trehorne to encourage people to get fit and healthy, and two of its founders are using it as a springboard for an epic challenge.

Andrew and Tom, employees of Tulip at Ruskington, are planning to pedal 400 miles from Sleaford to Paris in May 2013 to raise £1,500 for Breast Cancer Campaign and Variety, a charity which works with disadvantaged children.

To prepare themselves for the challenge, the pair have been embarking on daily bike rides, with 50 mile stretches at weekends, while Tom is having to ease himself back in gently after breaking his coccyx eight months ago.

He quipped: “That was the first time I’d tried snowboarding, and it will definitely be the last.”

To sponsor either Tom or Andrew on the epic challenge, visit or

You can also follow the men’s progress as they train for the big challenge by following their blog at

As far as the STaMiNa club goes, anyone who owns a bike is welcome to join the club. Tom explained: “We have only three rules, that we meet once a week for a ride, buy the team kit and always wear a helmet. Safety first!”

If anyone would be interested in joining STaMiNa, or for more information, visit the Facebook page at!/STaMiNaCycling?fref=ts

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