THESE two newspaper deliverers will be swapping their rounds for a 4,000 mile cycling trip around Europe soon.
Matthias Christian and Jonas Pollard, both 19, are heading out on the 90 day globe-trotting adventure to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support after Jonas’ mum was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
The expedition will see them cycle their way through 14 countries across Europe.
The two Stroudies will embark on the adventure on March 29, when they will be given a send-off from King Street, in Stroud, at 10am.
Jonas, a former Cirencester College student, said: “My mum got cancer in 2011 and I did a short ride from Norfolk. We are both really into cycling and felt that this time we want to do something more extreme.”
Matthias, a former Wynstones School student, who is from Ruscombe, added: “Quite a few of my close friends have been affected by cancer so this is a very worthy cause.
“Training for it has been really hard in the recent bad weather. We are aiming to do about 200 miles per week and when we actually start the journey we will need to do around 50 miles per day.
“We have done as much research into the route and what equipment we will need as possible so we are prepared.
“We can’t wait to get out there and just do it.”
The pair will mostly be following a popular cycling route through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and Italy – although the last 1,000 mile stretch is a route largely created by themselves.
The journey will take them as far as the Black Sea – and back.
Both young men deliver Stroud Life regularly, while Matthias also has a Citizen paper round, which he has been doing since he was 13 and has kept up to earn him some extra money. But this week seems him give up the role after almost seven years.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed doing it but now we need to focus more on the training.”
Jonas and Matthias are hoping to raise as much money as possible and have created a special website so that people can follow their journey.
A JustGiving page already shows they have raised more than £1,600 for the good cause.
Anyone wanting to help out can donate or find out more information at www.crossingcountriesforcancer.com or call Matthias on 07858 987056.