EIGHT cyclists hope to raise thousands of pounds for Kirkwood Hospice by riding from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in northern Italy.
Bradford firefighter Neil Richards, 27, and seven drinking pals, who all come from the Hartshead Moor area, set off today on the 700-mile challenge.
They hope to complete the challenge by next Saturday and raise about £9,000 for the Dalton hospice.
The route will take them from Paris to the picturesque town of Dijon, across the Alps into Switzerland, around Lake Geneva and down western Italy to Pisa.
It is the third year the team has completed sponsored cycle challenges in aid of the hospice.
They will also be raising money for the Overgate Hospice in Elland and Ruben and Friends, a fund set up to help a West Yorkshire youngster combat a rare blood condition.
Team member Bradley Walton, 27, a journalist, said: "We all do a bit of cycling, but none of us are that good. So it should be a challenge.
"We have all been doing a bit of training. I have been out the last couple of months doing 30 or 40 miles on the back roads. We are all looking forward to it."
The other team members are Tom Buckley, 39, Tommy Baldwin, 38, Richard Jeffrey, 38, Paul Binns, 39, Kevin Waterworth, 36, and David Hook, 49.
Last year they cycled from the Eiffel Tower to Blackpool Tower and raised about £11,000. The year before they went from Land's End to John o' Groats, raising £8,000.