Mansfield cyclist comes a cropper on charity bike ride

KEEN cyclist Michael Sindall is appealing for donations to reach his minimum target of £1,400 after cycling from London to Paris for a children’s charity.

The father-of-one, of Eggerton Close, Mansfield, cycled 110 miles each day over three days to reach the French capital for Action Medical Research.

But 28 miles outside London, disaster struck when Michael came off his bike going up a steep hill and broke his elbow.

“Straight away I knew I had done some damage when I landed on the floor and a shooting pain went up my arm,” he said.

“Luckily, there was a doctor at the 33-mile stop so he dosed me up on pain killers and I carried on.

“It made the ride a bit more interesting but luckily I had a room mate who helped me out putting my helmet on.”

Michael, who owns Mansfield restaurant No 4 Wood Street, burned more than 7,000 calories each day surviving on a diet of energy bars, bananas and pasta and arrived with his fellow riders in the French capital to coincide with the final stage of the Tour de France cycle race.

He added: “The ride itself was fantastic - I went at my own pace and could have gone further.

“On the next one I would like to do John O’ Groats to Land’s End.

“When we got to Paris we all met in a park just off the Champs Elysees and there were people in cafes cheering and clapping us then we had a race to the Eiffel Tower.

“We stayed in a lovely hotel that night and had a party then all went out until 5am.”

Michael needs to raise between £300-400 by the end of this month.

Anyone who would like to donate, visit www.actionmedicalresearch.co.uk and click on the sponsor button.