Former Norwich City star reaches Milan to complete charity cycle challenge
PUBLISHED: 11:35 14 August 2011 | UPDATED: 12:01 14 August 2011
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Former Norwich City star Jeremy Goss completed his epic 1300-mile bike ride to raise money for blind people in Norfolk last night when he arrived at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
"The ride has been without doubt one of the hardest challenges of my life."
Mr Goss, 46, completed the trek ahead of schedule after 11 days of hard riding that has taken him to the three football stadiums where the Canaries competed in their historic Uefa Cup run of 1993 – Vitesse Arnhem, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
The “Back to Bayern” journey has taken him through five countries and involved gruelling mountain pass rides through the Rhine Valley and the Austrian Tyrol. Yesterday’s last leg from Lake Garda to Milan was completed in temperatures hitting 34C.
The adventure has raised thousands for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB), to support its work among 20,000 blind and visually impaired people in the county. Mr Goss is now the charity’s fundraising manager.
He said: “I’m so grateful to the people who have sponsored me so far and would urge everyone back home to continue to dig deep to support this worthy Norfolk cause. Every penny of the money raised will be spent in the county to help those with sight loss live independent lives.
“The ride has been without doubt one of the hardest challenges of my life and there were times, particularly going over the Alps, when I wondered whether I would make it.
“It’s particularly pleasing to have finished ahead of schedule and on the day the Canaries start a new chapter – back where they belong in the Premier League.”
Former Welsh international Mr Goss was part of the legendary City team that finished third in the Premier League in 1993 and embark on a Uefa Cup run that saw him score one of the greatest goals in the Canaries’ history at the Olympic Stadium in Munich against German giants Bayern.
He scored again in the home leg at Carrow Road to set up a tie against Italian giants Inter, where Norwich’s fairytale cup run finally came to an end.
He paid particular tribute to former City and Fulham goalkeeper Mark Walton, who has accompanied Mr Goss on the ride, driving a back-up motor home and acting as navigator on the 1300-mile journey.
He added: “Wally has been truly magnificent. He’s looked out for me every inch of the way and kept me going when things got tough.”
NNAB director John Child said: “This is a remarkable achievement by Jeremy, and we’re all very, very proud of him. The money he has raised will go a long way to helping our work among those with poor sight here in Norfolk.”
Mr Goss was joined on the first leg of his ride by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, who was also raising money for the NNAB and other Norfolk charities.
- Donate to Gossy’s Back to Bayern ride at www.nnab.org.uk