Dan, who works in Chess’s Corporate division, is planning to complete the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) which was developed and mapped in 1997 by the Adventure Cycling Association. The route follows the Continental Divide and is 90% off-pavement. It’s a painstaking test of endurance, with the duo needing to cover 120 miles a day to hit their 24 day target for completion.

Throughout the route riders encounter wild river valleys, remote mountain wilderness, open grasslands, high desert, and towards the southern end of the route, a span through the Chihuahuan Desert.

Part of Dan’s route winds through bear country, we were interested in what Dan would do if he came face to face with a furry nemesis? ‘I’ll be armed with a whistle and bear spray. But I don’t think that will help. I’m the faster cyclist so my plan is to just stay ahead’ Sounds like a plan to us Dan, let’s hope Carl doesn’t get wind…

Dan and Carl aren’t just taking on the challenge for what is undoubtedly going to be the adventure of a lifetime, they’ve got their hearts set on raising a whopping £10k for two amazing local charities, East Cheshire Hospice and Claire’s House. Dan chose East Cheshire Hospice due to the strong links Chess have with the charity and decided to play his part in supporting the worthy cause As part of Chess’ Culture, once Dan reaches £100 of sponsorship, Chess will match it.

Ove the route Dan and Carl will cycle the equivalent of climbing mount Everest from base camp seven and a half times. Luckily, they’ve had some support from Chess Partners down from bag bikes and cycling kit from NFON, flights from Invosys and Virtual 1 equipment from TalkTalk to help make sure their epic journey is as smooth as possible.

With just eight weeks to go, Dan and Carl are busy cycling daily, getting as fit as possible and fundraising to hit that huge target.

How can you help?

If you’d like to help Dan and Carl hit their target, kind donations are welcomed here.

Where can I find out more?

If you’d like to find out more about the GDMBR click here

Or to hear about Dan and Carls journey on Facebook, click here.

We wish you the best of luck on your adventures Dan and Carl! We look forward to catching up with you both when you’re back!