Harrogate couple hit New York after epic 4,000-mile bike ride

Epic journey across the USA for charity:  Harrogate nurses Andy Dennis and Tracey Hill pictured during the trip.

Epic journey across the USA for charity: Harrogate nurses Andy Dennis and Tracey Hill pictured during the trip.

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They've been in the saddle for nearly 70 days but two nurses from Harrogate are finally putting their feet up in New York after a 4000-mile charity cycle ride.

Having set off from San Francisco on May 24, Andy Dennis, a staff nurse in Harrogate District Hospital’s endoscopy department, and his girlfriend and fellow nurse Tracey Hill, cycled into The Big Apple last week at the end of an amazing fundraising adventure for MSF.

Speaking from the USA, Andy Dennis told the Harrogate Advertiser: "It's a remarkable feeling. I think that the excitement of being in New York is perhaps delaying the realisation that the bike ride is over and the challenge met.

"I do already miss the daily exercise and am itching to go running. After 71 days we are both well conditioned!

"Now we have to sit down and decide what to do next for the fundraising for Doctors Without Borders."

Their epic trip saw Andy and Tracey struggle over the hills of the Sierra Nevada in California, the desert of Utah, the challenging slopes of the Rocky mountains and the bracing headwinds of the flatlands of Kansas.

As a result of all their hard work by bike, Andy raised £66,511 from their American journey whole Tracey, who started fundraising later, has raised £5,339.

Andy has recently published his own book about his experiences helping in the fight against ebola in Africa.

Ebola - Behind the Mask: A True Story of Inside the Outbreak describes his experiences in the Ebola crisis when he worked with Anna, a Dutch medical doctor from the Netherlands, who also responded to MSF’s call for volunteers.

If you would like to donate to Andy and Tracey’s charity appeal, visit www.thecyclingnurse.co.uk or www.andy4msf.com