This morning, a team of 20 cyclists from the Austrian Tirol has begun their Charity Cycle Ride from Innsbruck to London to raise funds for Disability Snowsport UK.

Over the next eight days the Tirol cycle team will ride 1300km through Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium before crossing from Ostend to Ramsgate. Spending an average 6-8 hours on the road and covering up to 200km per day, they will arrive at Tower Bridge in London on Thursday 26th July, the day before the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Supporting the Tirol cycle team at the start was Heather Mills, hopeful for the Paralympic Games in Sochi 2014 for the British Disabled Ski Team, who joined them as they set off from the Bergisel stadium.

The final stage in the UK from Ramsgate to Tower Bridge, London on Thursday 26th July will be joined by famous British sport personalities, including BBC Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell, ex GB ski racer Konrad Bartelski and cycling enthusiasts from the Ski Club of Great Britain, Gordon Ritter, Jon Baud and Amy Fletcher from Crystal Ski and Snow magazine, all helping to raise funds for DSUK.

Follow the progress reports and story as the team cycle through Europe on Facebook. Donations can be made at


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