Three men on their bikes - cycling 8,000km in the heat

Colchester based Louis Blaxill, George Jones and Calum Craig are planning their charity ride across

Colchester based Louis Blaxill, George Jones and Calum Craig are planning their charity ride across Europe, this weekend, to raise funds for the MIND charity - Credit: Kent Blaxill

Setting off on a journey of more than 8,000km with just your bike to carry everything you need may seem an ambitious idea but that’s what the team at Broke.Bike.Mountain intend to do this weekend - and in a heatwave.

The Colchester-based team of Louis Blaxill, George Jones and Calum Craig, all aged 23, have just finished their university studies and wanted to raise money for Mind, a charity which is close to all their hearts.

The team will leave the UK and head off through France, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Italy, Austria and Spain and local decorating supplies merchant, Kent Blaxill are sponsoring their journey and will follow their progress closely via Instagram.

The three became good friends at Exeter University and Louis and George are both from Colchester.

Louis Blaxill said: “We decided we wanted to raise money for Mind because of the advice and support they offer to anyone experiencing mental health issues. Having been at university for the last three years, we all saw first-hand students with mental health issues of one type or another and Mind did a terrific job in supporting them. We all really wanted to help ensure this type of support continues.”

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Managing director at Kent Blaxill, Simon Blaxill said, “Kent Blaxill are thrilled to be supporting the boys as they raise money for Mind and it will be incredibly interesting to follow their journey via Instagram. It will take the team four months to complete this mammoth challenge and they aim to raise around £3,000.”

To help Louis Blaxill, George Jones and Calum Craig reach their goal, you can sponsor them at and follow their progress

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