IT IS the challenge of a lifetime - cycling unsupported through four countries in aid of two cancer charities.

But Jon Dear is willing to go the distance to raise £10,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Pituitary Foundation after a long-term friend was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

The 2,000-mile cycle ride will begin on Monday, July 6 in England before Mr Dear travels through France, Spain and finishing in Algarve, Portugal.

Mr Dear will be bidding goodbye to his family when he leaves from Bevere Green, near Claines, with his journey taking him through western France, northern Spain before following the river Douro through Portugal to Porto.

Having reached Porto, the 48-year-old will continue south to Algarve finishing the challenge on Saturday, August 1.

Speaking of his friend, Mr Dear said: “Like all who know him, I was shocked when I heard the devastating news that my friend had cancer.

"We were friends at school and remain great friends today - working, playing rugby and cycling together.

"It seemed only right that I get on my bike and try and raise money for the charities supporting people like my friend and so many other cancer patients too.

"The cycle ride will certainly be gruelling for me but it’s nothing compared to what those with the condition go through."

Supporting him on his challenge will be Worcester-based electricity connections provider Rock Power Connections and Simon Fall-Taylor of FT Images.

Mr Dear continued: “Leukemia and Lymphoma Research and the Pituitary Foundation are both incredible charities that offer invaluable help and advice.

"I have seen first-hand how they help support patients and their families deal with what for many is life-changing news.

"I hope people will get behind me and support my challenge and the two very worthy charities.”

Anyone who can offer Mr Dear support should email

To follow his journey log on to or on Twitter at @1jondear.