Simon on two wheels for 900-mile charity bike ride

Gedney Hill Citroen 2CV racer Simon Clarke who is riding from Brands Hatch to Monaco for Macmillan Cancer Support.  (Photo supplied).
Gedney Hill Citroen 2CV racer Simon Clarke who is riding from Brands Hatch to Monaco for Macmillan Cancer Support. (Photo supplied).
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When racing driver Simon Clarke competed in the Citroen 2CV Championship at the weekend, he may have had one eye on another challenge to come just days later.

Simon (40) of Gedney Hill, who raced in the first two rounds of the championship at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on Saturday, is taking on a 900-mile bike ride from Brands Hatch to Monaco.

The bike ride, which starts on Saturday, is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Simon aims to raise at least £10,000 for the charity.

He said: “Over the years, I’ve done various things like half-marathons and marathons. But when I turned 40 this year, I thought I’d prove that I’m still young enough to do something a bit unusual.

“I thought about cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats but the weather isn’t very good at the moment.

“So with my passion for motor racing, I thought of cycling from Brands Hatch to Monaco instead.”

Simon, who works for a Wisbech-based motor components firm, will be joined by five of his Citroen 2CV team-mates for the bike ride.

They recently completed a four-day ride from London to Brussels and Amsterdam, as well as a week’s mountain biking in Majorca.

Simon said: “I bought a bike and started training at the end of last year, but the Lincolnshire Fens are only great for cycling if you’re not going to climb mountains.

“When I said I was going to do the bike ride, my friends fancied doing it as well and we’ve not come across anybody who has driven from Brand’s Hatch to Monaco.”

Simon started his racing career as an 18-year-old after previously being a goalkeeper at Long Sutton Hockey Club and at county level.

The Citroen 2CV season runs from March to August, with nine rounds climaxing in a 24-hour race in Anglesey at the end of August.

“It’s the cheapest form of motor sport you can do but it’s by far the most fun I’ve ever had,“ Simon said.

“On Saturday, we’ll be cycling a lap round Brands Hatch then set off to Dover and we should be in France for our first night.

“Then we’ll do ten days of riding and should arrive in Monaco where we’ll ride round the street circuit and end up at the casino where hopefully we’ll enjoy a glass of wine.”

To sponsor Simon and his team, go to www.brandsto monaco.com