Cycling Iceland coast-to-coast for the MND Association

Tom with his fat bike at the MND Festival, Bristol

Tom with his fat bike at the MND Festival, Bristol

In July, Tom Vincent and his mate Jim Gardiner, will be cycling coast-to-coast across Iceland. Unsupported and off road the pair will cover over 500km across bumpy terrain in and around 8 or 9 days and they will be doing it, in tribute to Tom’s late father-in-law who lived with Motor Neurone Disease.

Tom writes…

About the challenge
MNDa fat bike across icelandThanks to the vagaries of this intensely volcanic and unpredictable island, we’re currently keeping the route quite flexible. However it’s likely to go from either Rifstangi (furthest north point of the island) or Akureyri (on the north coast) to Kotlutangi (furthest south point). Either way, the route will cross Iceland’s interior highlands and be around 500km at least.

There are no roads, or at least what you and I might call roads. There are some tracks, but most of these are a serious proposition for even the most hardcore 4×4. In addition, there are freezing river crossings, miles of loose sand, lava fields, volcanoes and boiling mud pools. And as if that weren’t enough, the weather is almost certainly going to spend a good deal of its time being horrible to us.

For over 300km, the only other people we’ll encounter will be very occasional lunatic off-road drivers. There are no shops, no roads, no campsites, hotels or hostels. Besides lichen, nothing grows. There will be no-one to help us. It is a desert.

Fat bike Tom will be ridingAll of this will be done on a fatbike. For the uninitiated, a fatbike is basically a cross between a mountain bike and a monster truck. It has 4″ wide tyres and is designed to be able to keep on trucking where other bikes just give up. They also look really really cool. But that’s obviously got nothing to do with anything… honest.

Read more on my blog – Across Iceland on a Fat Bike for MNDa blog

Why MND Association?
In summer 2014 my father-in-law passed away from Motor Neurone Disease. He was a decent and kind man.

He fought valiantly, but ultimately in vain. MND has no cure and very little in the way of delaying tactics. MND slowly but inexorably wasted this good man away, robbing him of movement, memory, speech and, in the end, his life.

If you would like to donate and support my challenge please visit my Justgiving page –