Two friends who have never ridden a tandem bicycle are taking a 2,000-mile (3,219 km) ride for charity.
Bristol University student Archie Benn and Nottingham University student Isaac Tredant will travel from Bristol to Istanbul to take part in the challenge.
The couple hope their “Bristanbul” ride will raise £3,000 to run the Julian Trust homeless shelter for two weeks.
Benn said: “It’s a bit daunting, particularly as we’ve never ridden a tandem before.”
He added: “From a fitness perspective I think we’ll be fine, we both cycle a lot and Bristol in particular is very hilly.
“Last year we cycled down the coast of France and my saddle hurt quite a bit, so I think I’ll buy a new saddle for this trip.
“It’s exciting to cycle across a whole continent, all the way to Asia.”
The trip will see them travel through 11 countries, including France, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria.
Julian Trust treasurer Rob O’Sullivan said he is “delighted” that they have chosen his charity to donate to.
‘A wonderful challenge’
“The Julian Trust is entirely run by volunteers and funded solely by donations, so all funds raised from the Bristanbul challenge will ensure that we can continue to support those who need a roof over their heads, some warm food and a safe place to rest,” said. saying.
“We wish Archie and Isaac all the best, and we’ll be watching their progress.”
Bristol University Professor Nicholas Roberts said: “Archie and Isaac’s epic journey to Istanbul is a wonderful challenge and will raise money for an excellent cause. Best of luck to both of you.”
The duo begins their journey on June 1.