A team of RAF Northolt cyclists will be taking their physical and mental training to a new extreme when they ride 1,200km (or almost 750 miles) in just 10 days.
The ride is part of a rigorous training programme but is also being used to cement ties with the Polish armed forces and even raise money for charity.
Setting off on April 23, St George's Day, the team of 10 riders and six people supporting them will be meeting up with their Polish counterparts at the German order where they will ride the final leg together.
Experienced triathlete and RAF Northolt Station Commander, Group Captain David Manning, said: “First and foremost 'Pedal to Poland' is a very tough challenge which will test and develop the operational edge of those taking part, not just in terms of physical fitness and ethos, but also teamwork, logistical and planning skills.
“The route we are taking is special and has been chosen so that we will have the opportunity to reflect and remember those who fought in both World Wars while building further the strong links between RAF Northolt, the Polish Air Force and our local Polish communities.”
The team held an event in Uxbridge town centre on Tuesday (February 28) to raise awareness and appeal to shoppers to donate.
A stall was set up outside Pavilions shopping centre in High Street where RAF Northolt staff spoke with the public and start collecting for charity.
Money raised will be going to the RAF Benevolent Fund, which provides assistance to air force personnel, veterans and their families in times of need.
You might spot some of the team out training in Hillingdon over the coming weeks so don't be afraid to stop and chat.
You will be able to follow their progress on Twitter (@RAFNortholt) and Facebook.
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