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End of Nick’s Cycling Challenge

CHALLENGE COMPLETE Nick's Cycling Challenge (Pictures)

On the 21st of June 2019, Nick Bragg's mission to cycle 3,000 miles across Canada began. With his trusty bicycle, Nick made it across 4 time zones and 6 provinces in just 30 days.

"The challenge has had an amazing impact on my life. I’ve become fitter and more committed to fitness. I’ve been given a chance to have a different outlook on life by getting away from the farming business. I have been immensely grateful and lucky for the support from Claire my wife and to all our fantastic staff, thank you all so much."

Nick Bragg

 Nick's Cycling Challenge was inspired by the much-needed work of  The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, a welfare charity changing lives in farming for the better. The Braggs and Frogmary Green Farm have long been active supporters of the R.A.B.I, with a host of annual fundraising events. To date Nick's Cycling Challenge is the Bragg's biggest and most challenging fundraiser. Although the challenge is now complete, there is still time to show your support and donate below.

On his mission, Nick was accompanied by his wife Claire plus Ashley and Adele Martin of Adele Martin PT. With a background in cycling, AMPT provided Nick with the best challenge specific training and advice needed to complete his cycle across Canada safely. Ashley joined Nick at the start of the challenge for 3 weeks until Adele tagged in to tackle the Rockies.

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Despite getting slightly lost, Nick and Ashley set off from Montreal Olympic stadium on the 21st of June. They faced strong headwinds for most of the journey and temperatures soared to 30 degrees - Not ideal cycling weather. Superwoman Claire followed close behind in their motorhome, with food, clean clothes and plenty of water. 


Despite getting slightly lost, Nick and Ashley set off from Montreal Olympic stadium on the 21st of June. They faced strong headwinds for most of the journey and temperatures soared to 30 degrees - Not ideal cycling weather. Superwoman Claire followed close behind in their motorhome, with food, clean clothes and plenty of water. 

While they travelled through the Canadian National Parks and along the banks of Lake Superior, Nick made sure to stop and enjoy the stunning scenery around him. They spotted a variety wildlife including a wild Moose and her calves, Forest Foxes, Porcupines, Armadillos, Chinchillas, Turkeys, Bald Eagles and numerous bits of roadkill.

Nick even had a close encounter with a Bear sunning itself not 15ft away! As Nick fumbled for his camera, whilst mentally preparing himself to flee, he forgot to unclip his foot and promptly fell off his bike. Fortunately, the bear wasn’t looking for lunch…

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While they travelled through the Canadian National Parks and along the banks of Lake Superior, Nick made sure to stop and enjoy the stunning scenery around him. They spotted a variety wildlife including a wild Moose and her calves, Forest Foxes, Porcupines, Armadillos, Chinchillas, Turkeys, Bald Eagles and numerous bits of roadkill.


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Nick even had a close encounter with a Bear sunning itself not 15ft away! As Nick fumbled for his camera, whilst mentally preparing himself to flee, he forgot to unclip his foot and promptly fell off his bike. Fortunately, the bear wasn’t looking for lunch…


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Despite leaping on their bikes and cycling 100 miles everyday, Nick and the Challenge team still found time for the two truly vital activities on any group trip: Sleeping and taking pictures of each other asleep.

The last 1000 miles was by no means the easiest, as the mountainous Rockies loomed before Nick in the distance. On their steepest day, they faced a 3,982ft climb to the Bombi summit and then a 5,036ft climb to Paulson summit, meaning they had climbed a total of 9,018ft. Despite being the hardest section of their challenge, the surreal splendour of the Rockies kept them moving and they were always looking forward to the next breath-taking view.

On day 30, Nick and Adele triumphantly arrived at the Inukshuk monument in English bay on the Vancouver Waterfront. Before returning to Somerset, Nick, Claire and Adele treated themselves to a tour of downtown Vancouver and whale watching, where they spotted a pod of Orcas on the hunt. Back in the UK, Nick is giving himself a brief break before jumping back into his Triathlon training with renewed vigour.

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For Nick, the challenge has flown by unbelievably quickly and he feels pleasantly surprised at what he has achieved, plus immensely grateful for all the support from friends and family.

His advice to any others considering a challenge like this is: Do It. Take that leap and surprise yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve and do for others.

"I thought it was time for me to say how I am truly feeling: the mental and physical pain is overwhelming but mine is short lived!

This is what the challenge was all about, helping and supporting those with real pain to face and overcome their challenges.”

Nick Bragg

With a wry chuckle, he also strongly suggests that they train, train, train and prepare for everything… including bears! 

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What's next for Nick's Cycling Challenge?
Nick's Cycling Challenge Round-Up

Join us for a simple evening of feasting and celebration, as we raise a toast to Nick and Claire Bragg on the completion of Nick's Cycling Challenge.

There'll be supper, where you can tuck into hearty Sausage and mash, from local suppliers. Hear from the man of the moment, as Nick speaks about balancing farming, fitness and the importance of wellbeing.

Plus uncover unheard stories and never-seen-before pictures from their epic journey across Canada.

Find out more information on this event here.


  • Date

    27th of September 2019

  • Time

    Doors will open at 7:00pm to sit down for 7:30pm.
    Nick will give a welcome speech before supper at 8:00pm.

  • Tickets

    £10 per head
    (All proceeds will be added to Nick’s Cycling Challenge pot and donated to the R.A.B.I.)

Click here to book your tickets
Get involved with
Frogmary's Charity Bike Ride

Nick's Cycling Challenge Charity Bike Ride

Enjoyed Nick's Cycling Challenge? This is your chance to get involved!

Nick's final rideout will take place on the 29th of September 2019 from 10:00 - 17:00pm, with two different route options through some of our favourite local roads* with some gentle hills.

After your ride, there will be live music from the IOUs and a Hog Roast waiting for you back at the Farm. As the final rideout of #NicksCyclingChallenge, we'll be raising money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Find out more information on this event here.

  • Date

    29th of September 2019

  • Time

    Please arrive by 10am to register & attend briefing at 10.30am.
    The extended route departs at 11.30am.
    The shorter route departs at 12.30pm

  • Tickets

    £30 per bike
    (All proceeds will be added to Nick’s Cycling Challenge pot and donated to the R.A.B.I.)

Click here to book your tickets
Thank you to our
Sponsors & Supporters

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Nick's Cycling Challenge would never have happened without all the support from Frogmary's friends, family, colleagues and business partners. Thank you to everyone who has supported, shared, sponsored, donated, and cheered on #NicksCyclingChallenge.

We'd like to say thank you to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution for all your hard work changing lives in farming for the better. Learn more about all the great work that R.A.B.I do for farming individuals and families across the South West and beyond: www.rabi.org.uk 

Thank you to DraperVENT,  Fendt UK & Ireland, and Compass Tractors as the main challenge sponsors your support and generosity has been invaluable. Thank you also to  Biomass Boiler Services, Morspan Construction Ltd, Aviagenand Rock and Road Ltd.

AM Personal Training: Where to start... Everything thing you have done since we announced this challenge has been to advise, help and motivate us to achieve our goals. Thank you for your exercise advice, nutritional plans and rigorous training support. Cycling with Adele during the Rockies really got us through the steepest climbs and made the bad days better. If anyone is looking for motivation and positivity, AMPT is the best place to start. 

Stable Design Ltd: Your fundraising and promotional support has made this challenge bigger and brighter than we would have believed possible. Plus the kit you've designed is truly a one-off!

Special thanks to Tessa Chapman Photography for your gorgeous photos and for lending us a camera to record our once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

Thank you to the whole team at Frogmary Green Farm. Thank you all for your support and hard work in our absence. We are very lucky to have employees like you.