Matthew's American dreams
A Gloucester cyclist hopes to become the youngest Briton to cycle the width of America competitively.
Matthew Stevens, 17, pictured, is training hard to take part in the gruelling Race Across America, which sees cyclists pedal from California to Maryland.
But Matthew wants to cycle competitively, which means he will have to cycle the width of America in 10 days. To do this he will have to ride for 22 hours a day for the 10-day duration.
"If I do it I'll be absolutely ecstatic," said Matthew, who lives in The Chase, Abbeydale.
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If he qualifies he'll be able to enter the race in 2012, when he's 19. He believes the youngest Briton to take part so far is 21.
Matthew will be raising money for Help For Heroes, and the Children's Hospice Association, Scotland. To sponsor Matthew or find out more, visit http://matthewstevens.t83.net.