Adam’s ready to conquer the 265 mile ride to Carlisle

Adam Faiers
Adam Faiers

IT’S the one everyone has been asking about since June - Adam Faiers is about to cycle to Carlisle.

The MK Dons Supporter’s Association secretary has cycled to every away game this season to raise money for the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust and the Redway School, a specialist school in Milton Keynes. The money will buy some winter clothes and play equipment.

So far this season, he has pedalled 1,942 miles. And he even made it to Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium in December before finding out it had been called off because of a water-logged pitch.

The one trip he missed - two weeks ago at Oldham - he managed to complete the distance while on a business trip in New Zealand.

But this Saturday he faces the biggest challenge of the season, staring 265 miles in the face as he aims to get to Brunton Park for 3pm.

“This is the one everyone has asked me about,” Adam said. “And it’s the one that has been playing on my mind too.

“It’s the longest journey of the season, but I’m setting off on Friday to get it done in time and I’m staying in Ilkley just north of Bradford before doing the second half on Saturday.”

But it won’t be plain sailing for Adam on Saturday, as he faces the ominous Yorkshire Dales.

He said: “There’s a 2,000 foot climb I’ve got to make in about a five mile stretch. I know it’s going to be difficult, and it’s a bit of a monkey on my back really. “My friend Chris is going to be supporting my along the way with the little things like something to eat or drink. Most of all, he can give me some hope that we’re nearly there!

“I’ve got to ride through Leeds too - I’m not sure whether to worry about getting lost, maniac drivers or the traffic lights!”

Adam has decided to ride this particular leg of the challenge in memory of Ian Cuff, a young Dons supporter who played in the wheelchair football team but died last year.

Adam said: “I didn’t know Ian but everyone speaks so highly of his commitment and passion for the MK Dons, I wanted to show my respect for that. Hopefully, people will get behind me and help us make sure the disability teams have the resources they need.”

But his mission doesn’t allow him much time for a breather - on Tuesday, Dons travel to Fratton Park to take on Portsmouth.

Adam added: “There’s no time to relax! On Sunday and Monday, I think I’ll just be stretching the muscles out after the Carlisle ride.

“It’s going to be a tough one, but I’m familiar with the journey because I have family who live down there. It might be a bit easier if I already know what is in store for me.”

When facing a 265 mile trip, Adam prefers to look at what he has achieved, rather than the distance he has to go. It didn’t help him when he rode to Yeovil recently in horrible conditions (the game itself was nearly called off just 45 minutes before kick off) as he faced a gruelling last 40 miles.

“I break the rides down into 10 mile chunks,” he said. “It’s better to think what you’ve achieved rather than what you’ve got to go, because it’s demoralising.

“When we went to Yeovil a few weeks ago, it was horrible, cold and raining and I had 40 miles to go, but I was going eight miles per hour. Looking at it like I’ve got five hours to go didn’t make things easier for me.

“But the support I’ve had from people is incredible. Fans from opposing teams have welcomed me and donated and other clubs on the whole have been supportive too, giving me a place to have a shower and get changed.

“MK Dons have given me great support too, with so many people wishing me luck, giving me things to keep warm and just by encouraging me along the way.”

Adam has raised more than £2,800 for the SET so far, and a company has agreed to give him £350 just for his ride to Carlisle.

To donate to Adam’s ride, visit www.justgiving.com/1000milesfortheSET