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Plymouth to Rome, 1,700 miles of CALM

Recently we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the top guys over at Plymouth University as they prepare to cycle 1,700 miles for CALM.  Nice one guys!

Why Plymouth to Rome?

We all study here in Plymouth and this is where we first bonded as true friends, so it was an obvious choice. As a group we wanted to select a destination that was realistic but also extremely challenging and Rome seemed to fit the bill. This is not just a challenge of endurance and physical strength but also mentally. In addition the total mileage of the trip ties in nicely with our aim of raising £17,000 for CALM, it’s approximately 1,700 miles from Plymouth to Rome.

How are you preparing?

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We’re fortunate being based in Plymouth, there are beautiful coastal rides into Cornwall we can take, or challenge the legs and get up the hills surrounding Dartmoor national park. A few of the boys have even started attending spin sessions at our local gym…something that they never would have done before!

What’s life on the road going to be like?

There are some large characters in the group and there will be challenging moments, but we are all really good mates, spurring each other on all the way. We’re all looking forward to camping on the road and exploring the sights of France, Switzerland and Italy.

Anything you’re worried about?

A big concern, is the daunting task of climbing the Nufenen Pass in Switzerland. An elevation of 2,478m into the mountains, however everyone cannot wait to come speeding down the other side. There will be a lot of sore bottoms for sure and a large amount of Vaseline will be applied undoubtedly!

There will be a lot of sore bottoms for sure and a large amount of Vaseline will be applied undoubtedly!


This was an easy choice for us. CALM do some fantastic work to get men, like us, talking. The implications of male suicide are a lot more relatable to most people than they realise, evident from the 84 statues on the ITV studios.

Best of luck to the lads on their epic journey!

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