Broch Lad to tackle motorcycle challenge

Gordon Cruden is st to take on the gruelling Euro Bike Challenge later this year.
Gordon Cruden is st to take on the gruelling Euro Bike Challenge later this year.

A Fraserburgh man is set to embark on a gruelling 15,000-mile journey to help addicts on the road to recovery.

Gordon Cruden is preparing for the Euro Bike Challenge – an attempt to cover 47 countries, across the length and breadth of Europe, by motorcycle in just 30 days.

Setting off on Thursday, April 23, Gordon will use the initiative to highlight the plight of women in addiction and raise money for the purchase of female residential centre, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

The Challenge marks the launch of a five-year campaign to raise the £500,000 required to buy the property.

The facility – which allows mothers to continue living with their children while they complete the 48-week addiction recovery programme, Teen Challenge – is currently rented.

However, the purchase of the property would mean the centre could provide women with residential support on a permanent basis.

The Euro Bike Challenge will see Gordon clock up 500 miles each day and will be a real test of determination and endurance.

As well as being physically and psychologically demanding, the ride will present a number of unique cultural and logistical challenges.

Gordon, area manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, will pass through 47 countries; each of which has its own people, language and culture – not to mention road rules.

Throughout the tour, he will be helped by various chapters of Christian bike group, God’s Squad, who will provide him with emotional, spiritual and mechanical support.

Gordon said: “As a keen biker, I am looking forward to hitting the road but this certainly won’t be an easy ride.

“It’ll be draining, however, with the correct preparation, I am confident it can be done.

“We’re delighted to be in the unique position at Benaiah to be able to allow women to continue living with their children while they have their lives transformed, and this challenge could have a huge impact on the level of support we can offer hurting women who want to break free from the horrors of addiction.”