Hampshire soldier completes toughest cycling challenge

Simon Harmer

Simon Harmer

First published in Winchester

A HAMPSHIRE soldier wounded in Afghanistan has completed the world's toughest cycling race ahead of schedule.

Simon Harmer and his colleagues from Team Battle Back were warmly welcomed into Annapolis, Maryland, after completing the 3,051-mile Race Across America in just seven days, seven hours and 59 minutes with an average speed of over 17mph.

Simon, 36, from Kings Worthy near Winchester, lost both legs in an IED explosion so completed the race on a hand bike.

He said: “It's been a tough eight days but it's a huge achievement to have got this far. Kansas was definitely the toughest part, with the heat and barren landscape. It feels awesome to have completed the Race Across America and I'd like to say thank you to everyone for their support.”

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8:22pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

If that doesn't give the layabouts some inspiration, then I don't know what will but it shows that you really can do anything if you put your mind to it.
If that doesn't give the layabouts some inspiration, then I don't know what will but it shows that you really can do anything if you put your mind to it. Ginger_cyclist
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