A FATHER-OF-THREE has set himself a solo challenge of cycling 4,000 miles across Europe.
In June this year David Gibson, from Leek, will be setting off to cycle across the length of mainland Europe from its southernmost point of Punta de Tarifa in Spain to its Northern most point of Cape North in Norway.
David said: "It's 4,000 miles give or take the odd 100 miles or so. I'm giving myself six weeks to do the trip.
"I've been meaning to do this trip for 30 years but just have never got round to it. I turned 50 last year so I thought why not now?"
As a self-employed regeneration consultant, David has managed his workload, which takes him all around the country, so that he can take the time out for the gruelling adventure.
David admitted that he has set himself quite a challenge.
He said: "It's going to be 4,000 miles from the scorching south to the freezing north across some of the highest mountains in Europe.
"I am hoping to cycle 100 miles for 40 days."
David is no stranger to cycling, having always set himself smaller cycling challenges each year, often with family members joining him.
However, this solo challenge will be tougher and includes David camping out at any spot he can find between parts of his journey.
He said: "I will just see what happens.
"I've not even planned how I will be getting back home from Cape North.
"My wife and family are very supportive of me doing this. In fact, I think my wife is rather relieved that I am finally doing it as I have been talking about it for 30 years."