China challenge for Attleborough woman

Two sisters will be taking on a 460km bike ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in China to raise money for a women's charity.Kirsten and Luan Aggersberg are about to embark on some fierce training to make sure they are fit in time to take on the nine day challenge, which will begin in April next year.

Two sisters will be taking on a 460km bike ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in China to raise money for a women's charity.

Kirsten and Luan Aggersberg are about to embark on some fierce training to make sure they are fit in time to take on the nine day challenge, which will begin in April next year.

The event has been organised by charity Women for Women, chaired by Professor Robert Winston, which provides training for research into the causes and treatments of conditions that affect women and babies, including cancer, miscarriage, polycystic ovary syndrome and infertility.

Kirsten, 30, of Blenheim Drive, Attleborough, said the pair were inspired to saddle-up after a friend lost her young baby to health problems.

'It (the charity) covers a broad amount of people. A lot of people definitely know someone who has cancer or has suffered from cancer and most of my friends are at that age when they're having babies,' said Kirsten.

'It's a two prong thing. There's the challenge of raising money for the charity and in terms of the physical challenge.'

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The mammoth bike ride will see the women cycle around the Beijing region of China. Starting at the iconic Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in the outskirts of the city, they will go on to travel through steep gorges, tiny villages, along riverbanks and past historical landmarks, such as the Great Wall of China.

The charity advises participants that as a benchmark for the fitness required they should be able to cycle 55 miles a day for two days running.

Kirsten said: 'I've bought myself a bike and I'm starting the training. One of the days we will be doing 65 miles and a lot of it is uphill so you can't just turn up and do it.'

Luan, 33, who works for the International Monetary Fund and currently lives in the US, is also training hard.

Thanks to sponsorship from their former school Attleborough High School, recruitment company Todd Hayes Ltd and Kirsten's bosses at Aviva, the pair expect to hit their �6,600 target which will cover the costs of their trip and hope they will have enough left over to donate �1,000 to Women for Women.