AN ENERGETIC lecturer will be swapping the books for the bike as he prepares to take on a charity cycling challenge.
Stratford College catering lecturer Dave Saul is set to take part in the Rawlinson Bracket on Sunday February 28.
He will tackle a 70 mile course – known as the Top Bracket – which includes more than 1,300 metres of climbing and incorporates the six biggest hills in the county.
The annual event is organised by Stephen Jefferies in memory of his close friend Nick Rawlinson who died in his sleep four years ago from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome aged 30.
Since the first Rawlinson Bracket was held in 2013, it has raised more than £22,000 with all proceeds going towards SADS UK, which donates cardiac equipment and defibrillators to the community and supports further research into the condition.
This year’s event will start and end at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam.
It consists of two routes around the Warwickshire countryside – the 70 mile route being attempted by Dave and a less demanding 33-mile course – the Bottom Bracket – which involves around 400 metres of more gentle climbing.
Born in Kenilworth, Nick worked at Jaguar Land Rover and was passionate about cycling. The Top Bracket is made up of some of his favourite local climbs and endurance-building routes.
A keen cyclist himself, Dave has managed to rope his students into making cakes for the riders to enjoy once they have completed the course.
Talking about the ride, he said: “I first took part in the Rawlinson Bracket three years ago and I’ve done it every year since.
“It is a great challenge and the knowledge that it’s all going to such a good cause is a huge incentive.”
Visit www.the-rawlinson-bracket.co.uk to donate or follow Dave’s training on Twitter at @davesaul.