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SEATON: Penny farthing cycling challenge

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

CYCLING?HIGH: Sebastian and Alistair en route  Photo courtesy of Passion 4 Photos

CYCLING?HIGH: Sebastian and Alistair en route Photo courtesy of Passion 4 Photos

Alistair and Sebastian Cope, from Seaton, completed an extravagant journey on penny farthing bicycles from Bristol to Exmouth over the Easter weekend. The 100-mile challenge, called Every Penny Counts, was organised in aid of Headway Devon, which provides respite care and rehabilitation for head injuries and traumas. Alistair Cope said: “The bikes are beautiful machines to ride, with a unique elegance and sense of momentum to them, and although impractical in modern times due to a lack of gears and brakes, we completed the challenge safely and successfully, whilst raising awareness and collecting donations for funds for Headway Devon.” The riders started in Bristol and, after a few cobbled streets, they were out of the city and into open countryside, passing through the Somerset Levels to Bridgwater and then along the Grand Western Canal to Tiverton, the final stage being to Exmouth via Exeter. The amount raised is yet to be announced. Penny farthings are iconic of the Victorian era; as the first bicycles to be invented circa the 1880s, they heralded the beginning of cycling as a sport. More information is available online at

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