A HUDDERSFIELD mother is to cycle across one of the world’s most inhospitable places for charity.
Plucky Virginia Roberts, 39, of Thongsbridge, is to ride 263 miles across Death Valley in California – one of the hottest and driest regions on Earth.
Miss Roberts, a nurse practitioner, will join 17 other cyclists raising cash for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), which removes landmines from former war zones.
So far Virginia has raised more than £2,100, but she hopes to gain a further £850 on the five-day tour which starts at Beatty Junction on November 9 and finishes at Las Vegas.
Temperatures in Death Valley reach up to 35°C (95°F) in autumn but Virginia, who has been cycling since she was 16, isn’t worried.
She completed the 80-mile Kirklees Sportiv Charity Ride earlier this year and has braved the 120-mile Ryedale Rumble in North Yorkshire.
Virginia said: “I’ve cycled in Spain and that was pretty hot. It’s a good job I like the heat.
“I’m not nervous, more excited, but it struck fear into my mum when I told her the place was called Death Valley!
“MAG is a great charity because it works all over the world and 90% of the funds go to the front line.”
To sponsor Virginia visit: http://www.maginternational.org/supportmag/events/death-valley-cycle/virginia-roberts
Death Valley was named during the 1849 California Gold Rush by prospectors who crossed the valley to the gold fields.
Despite its name, only one prospector was recorded to have died during the Gold Rush.
Temperatures average 46°C (114°F) in July.
The highest temperature in Death Valley was recorded at 56.7°C (136°F) in 1913 – just short of the world’s highest, which was 58°C in El Aziza, Libya, on September 13, 1922.
Death Valley is one the least densely populated areas in the USA.