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A charity cycle challenge will take Lynn Scholes and Jane England on a 355km route through Italy, taking in the beautiful countryside and Lake Garda

An amazing endurance challenge cycling from Milan to Venice is being embarked upon by two Lancashire ladies.

Jane England and Lynn Scholes will set off from Milan in a bid to support three cancer charities, cycling 355km, from 13th to the 17th May 2021, completing over 100km on their bikes each day!

Jane and Lynn have signed up to the epic challenge as they have both experienced first hand the pain that cancer causes. What they have set out to do is even more amazing taking into account that prior to August 2020 neither of them had even cycled regularly.

Jane has seen family and loved ones going through cancer treatment and knows how important charities are in the quest for new, less harmful treatments, a future cure and providing support and care for people post-cancer diagnosis.

Lynn is herself a survivor of ovarian cancer and understands the trauma attached to a cancer diagnosis and just how vital continued research is into all types of cancer.

The route they will take through Italy will take in beautiful towns, cities and countryside with the highlight being Lake Garda on the second leg of the trip. The starting point in the centre of Milan will no doubt prove challenging with the volume of traffic, so both ladies are working hard to train on public roads to become acclimatised with the terrain they will face.

Throughout the ride, they will be supported by the Women V Cancer support team and will stay in local hostels at each rest point before reaching their destination in beautiful Venice.

Training started for both in early August with a weekly average of 100km being clocked up around their busy lives.

Preparation for this incredible challenge currently consists of training at YourGym in Lytham for Jane and Harris Fitness in Clitheroe for Lynn. Both are building up strength and flexibility ready for the ride and this is complemented by spin classes and road riding.

The expert staff at the gyms are supporting with detailed training plans that will build up fitness levels in time for the May starting point. This level of fitness, specific to cycling, can’t be underestimated for the participants who have only ever cycled for pleasure before signing up for the event.

Both women are funding the event themselves, with all money they raise going directly to:
– Breast Cancer Now
– Ovarian Cancer Action
– Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Each of these charities is doing superb work investing in research to save the lives of thousands of women and the challenge that Jane and Lynn are undertaking will help support their work.

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