CYCLING to the middle of England, Shoreham guitarist Richard Durrant tells how the tour is taking a toll on his bicycle.
As he continues his Cycling Music tour of England, he begins blog five with a visit to BBC Coventry.
He and friend Sean Simington are half way through the tour, with 21 days, 14 concerts and 597 miles completed, and more than £1,400 raised so far for the Big C charity.
After 30 years in the business, Richard says he still enjoys the essential promotional work, such as playing live on radio.
But Sean says the bikes are in a dreadful condition and they need to be looked at before they head to Nuneaton and on for a three-night stay in a lock keeper’s cottage on a canal.
Richard says his 40kg ‘troublesome truck’ trailer is having an effect and he tries to cushion his bike from the worst of it.
“But nothing can change the enormity of our task,” he added. “Dragging a stage show across England was taking its toll.”
The pair detour to a cycle memorial in Meriden, a lasting memory to those cyclists who died in the Great War and when serving their country.
Sean talks with David Cox, chairman of CTC, the national cycling charity, who gives his view on the promising future for cycling.