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Mike Tomlinson to cycle from Britain to Brazil to continue Jane's legacy

Mike Tomlinson will cycle over 3,000 miles Credit: ITV News

It is an epic challenge that marks a milestone in the legacy of Jane Tomlinson.

This June, her widower Mike and a team of sports stars will travel thousands of miles from London's Olympic stadium to the Christ The Redeemer statue, in Rio de Janeiro.

It marks 10 years since Jane rode more than 4,200 miles across America, her last big challenge.

Jane cycled across the USA back in 2006 Credit: PA

For me, this is a personal ride to see, can I do something similar to Jane, what Jane did ten years ago, without being poorly of course and she'll be in my head and heart all the way across down to Rio. No getting away from that. Puts a bit of pressure on because you're thinking, 'can't fail, can't fail,' but yeah, this is a very personal one.

– Mike Tomlinson

Jane's journey took her from San Francisco to New York in 10 weeks. She endured searing desert heats, gale force winds and the exhaustion and illness that came with terminal breast cancer.

Despite barely being able to move some mornings, she cycled for up to twelve hours a day.

I've never seen anyone, anyone, as poorly as she was. The day she cycled through Philadelphia which is about a seventy mile ride, she honestly thought she might die during the day, she was going to either finish the day or die. Bringing back those memories and what someone went through, just to raise the money for the first Leeds 10k was the most astonishing thing I've ever seen in my life.

– Mike Tomlinson speaking about Jane's challenge

Mike Tomlinson is doing the challenge alongside TV presenter Charlie Webster from Sheffield and former rugby league international player Keith Senior, who will join the team in Brazil.

Former Leeds Rhinos centre Keith Senior is taking part in the challenge Credit: PA

They will cycle from the Olympic Park in London, 88 miles down to Portsmouth, where they'll get the ferry to Le Havre in France.

There, they have to cycle more than 1,100 miles to Lisbon before taking a flight to Recife in Brazil, before cycling the final leg of the journey - more than fourteen hundred miles to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio.

I thought, you know this would be an amazing opportunity, an incredible adventure but also to support a wonderful charity that's from my home county and also show that no matter who you are or what adversities you've gone through you can do anything and life is in your control to do what you want with it.

– Charlie Webster
Television presenter Charlie Webster is taking part in the challenge Credit: ITV News

The team have set aside around six weeks for the challenge - the latest achievement in the name of someone who continues to inspire all these years on.