Twelve intrepid riders from Leighton Buzzard Road Cycling Club are set to embark on a gruelling charity bike ride from London to Paris, and back again.

The riders will leave London, at 8am on Thursday, September 6, returning just four days later after covering 600 miles over a route that will see them tackling climbs totalling 4,000 metres.

Local MP Simon Hughes (Lib Dem, Southwark and Bermondsey) will be sending the riders on their way as they set out for Paris.

This is the first time that this route has been attempted for charity, with the riders raising money for Carers Trust, the UK’s leading carers charity, to support its work with young carers.

The idea was the brainchild of club member Jason Horn. As well as being a keen cyclist Jason, 41, is Head of Guest Services at Butlins.

The holiday company is supporting the ride as part of its Charity of The Year partnership with Carers Trust, which is now in its fifth year.

“We may be facing the challenge of riding 600 miles over four days to support young carers in the UK, but their challenge is to support their families every day for the rest of their lives,” Jason said.

“Completing challenges to raise awareness and funding for these amazing young people is the least we can do to say thank you.”

To find out more about the challenge, sponsor the riders or sign up for next year’s event visit www.london2paris2london.co.uk/wordpress