In August 2013, Matt Jackson cycled a thigh-busting, bottom-numbing 1,100 miles from Gloucester, UK, to Umbria, Italy, to raise money for Excellent Development.Matt Jackson

Matt and a small group of adventurous friends set off on their ambitious 15-day journey on August 2.

Once through the Channel Tunnel, their route took them from Calais to Aubonne, Switzerland. They then tackled a 2,500m climb over the Alps to Bologna and then to Spedalicchio in Umbria.

Matt raised an incredible £2,691, and said:

"Excellent Development is a small charity that does great work, empowering communities by putting their future in their hands. This is very important to me which is why I’m supporting the work they do with my summer challenge."

Every penny raised went to supporting communities in rural drylands to work their way out of poverty.

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