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Lindsey's World Cup cycle challenge begins
Lindsey Cole
Buckinghamshire's Lindsey Cole is cycling to the World Cup in South Africa.

A Buckinghamshire woman has started her journey to South Africa to see this summer's World Cup.

Nothing unusual about that you may think, but unlike many football fans Lindsey Cole will be making the journey by bicycle.

Lindsey, from High Wycombe, will cycle a total of 12,900km (8,000 miles) from Egypt's capital, Cairo all for charity.

After a cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats last year, she was keen to get embark on another epic journey.


Lindsey had no luck finding work since finishing a masters degree in international journalism last year.

"I said to a friend that if I didn't get a job before Christmas, I'd cycle to the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa," said the 27-year-old.

However, none of Lindsey's friends were up for the challenge and declined her invitations to join her on the four month trip.

So, she made a plea on BBC Three Counties Radio and advertised in several local newspapers looking for people to join her.


Lindsey's ride will take her through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana before arriving in South Africa for the cup finals in July - a prospect that worries her mother.

"Being a girl it's not really safe on my own - my mother was not at all happy about the idea of me going all that way on my own at all," Lindsey revealed.

Ideal Candidate

According to Lindsey the ideal candidate would be: "Someone with personality, ambition, drive and of course someone who wants some adventure!"

Around 400 people applied and after some careful consideration Lindsey finally chose three men from London to make the long journey with her.

Lindsey and her cycling partners have now set off for Cairo and their long journey to South Africa.

All money raised will go towards the charity SCI (Schistosomiasis Control Initiative) which aims for a world free of neglected tropical diseases.

You can hear regular updates from Lindsey on Lorna Milton's Afternoon programme weekdays 2.00 - 4.30pm on BBC Three Counties Radio.

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