Ruthin crash cyclist gears up for new Pyrenees charity challenge


Staff reporter (Denbighshire Free)

A cyclist who has raised thousands of pounds for good causes has set his sights on a new challenge, less than a year after snapping his bike in a horror crash.

Two years ago Huw McKee, 51, from Ruthin raised £6,500 cycling from London to Amsterdam, but this year he's aiming to ride 350 miles across the Pyrenees from France to Spain over four days.

It comes after he and his wife spent Valentine's Day 2016 in A&E after crashing into a parked car on a descent, wrecking his bike and losing his front teeth in the process.

However Huw says he's not letting it get him down and says he wants to do his bit to raise money for cancer research.

"it's 350 miles, but you never now, sometimes it'd a bit more, sometimes a little bit less," said Huw.

"I did one of these rides two years ago and raised six and a half thousand going from London to Amsterdam. Last year I went from Paris to Geneva but I thought I'd give the fundraising a little bit of a rest.

"But this year, a good friend of mine - he's an older man in his seventies, he had breast cancer. He's okay, but it shocked me to see such a lovely man go through that process - it's not just women who get it, although they do suffer most of it, it can happen to everybody.

"I've also got a relative going through treatment at the moment, an aunt of mine.

"He's okay now, he has to have annual checkups, but it is okay. My aunt is currently in chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the treatment can almost be as bad.

"I'll be 52 soon. I've had a healthy life, dont' take a tablet for anything and have never had anything. You just feel blessed really, so you want to help raise awareness and money for people who are suffering."

So far Huw has raised nearly £1,500 for this trip.

He's been cycling for a few years but despite his crash he still loves getting out and about.

"When I cycle downhill I can be a bit wary. On Valentines Day last year I was on my way home from Llanbedr to Llandyrnog and rode into a stationary vehicle," he continued.

"I broke all my front teeth, so cycling downhill is the thing to work on. The bike was in four bits, so my wife and I spent Valentines Day in A&E.

"Even so, I can't wait. Getting out there in the fresh air, especially when you work in an office is wonderful. So what I'm doing now is spending time on my home trainer with all the bad weather outside as I'm a bit of a wuss, but if I can keep it up, it'll be great."

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