The Cycling Scouser is back on his bike and this time, he’s looking to crack America to raise money for children’s cancer charity, Charlie’s Chance Foundation.
Liverpool based auto-electrician Andrew “Rogo” Rogerson, 33, made headlines in 2015 with his previous epic challenges that saw him cycle 10,000 miles across 19 countries, from Shanghai to his hometown of Liverpool (unassisted and untrained!) in just 151 days and run five marathons in five days in the sweltering heat of the Jordanian desert, raising over £27,000 since his fundraising journey began.
Now, the Cycling Scouser is taking on a gruelling coast-to-coast challenge across the United States of America in aid of Charlie’s Chance Foundation, a charity established to support children and their families affected by cancer. He’s looking to raise £30,000 which is his biggest target to date.
The ride will see Rogo race against the clock to make the 3,343-mile distance in just 42 days. The massive feat will require long days in the saddle for the cycling scouser to make the distance, which will leave just a small amount of time to rest and refuel.
His journey will begin at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with him then spending 10 days tackling the Rocky Mountains, facing not only an uphill battle with the tough land, but potentially bears and mountain lions too!
From the Rockies, the cycling scouser will be looking to increase his pace on the flat states of Montana and North Dakota, before cycling through Chicago, Cleveland and, ultimately, the finish line at Jaguar Land Rover’s North American Headquarters in New Jersey.
In between the start and finish points, the Jaguar Land Rover engineer will face the elements with just a rucksack and a tent to accompany him through the majority of the journey.
Andrew said: “As long as Charlie is fighting his battle I feel as though getting back on the bike is the least I can do. Even though the last ride was longer, I think this one is going to be more of a challenge. It’s a 42 day race to get back home. I’ll be covering daily distances much larger than the last ride, and I’m definitely not built for speed! I’ve also got the Rocky Mountains to deal with, and then there’s the bears.
“As with all the challenges though, difficult doesn’t even come close compared to battling Leukaemia for 9 years.”
The Charlie’s Chance Foundation was set up when the son of a close friend and work colleague of Andrew’s, Charlie, was diagnosed with Leukaemia and was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
The entire journey will be supported by Andrew’s employer, Jaguar Land Rover, who has supported the charity since it was founded. Charlie’s Chance is Jaguar Land Rover Halewood’s charity of the year, voted for by employees.
The aim of the foundation is to relieve sickness and promote and preserve good health of children with cancer by the provision of funding. Charlie’s Chance assists with fundraising to enable children with cancer to access beneficial treatments not offered by the NHS and to provide emotional and other support for them, their families and carers.
Andrew’s journey begins on the 2nd July 2018 from Seattle. You can donate to Charlie’s Chance through The Cycling Scouser’s JustGiving page.