Cycling challenge team enlists Ripon man

Physiotherapist Andy Wray. (S)
Physiotherapist Andy Wray. (S)

A SPECIALIST physiotherapist from Ripon is preparing for a trip across the USA supporting a team of cyclists on a 3,000-mile bike riding challenge.

Andy Wray, who runs his own clinic, AVA Physiotherapy Ltd, on Darnborough Gate in the city, has been hand-picked by Hampshire-based Team-Feat to join its 10-man support crew as its four cyclists prepare for the Race Across America (RAAM) coast-to-coast endurance test.

The team, which is raising money for Southampton-based Wessex Heartbeat for improving cardiac care, aims to cover the distance in just six days, cycling non-stop for 24 hours a day with the riders taking it in turns in a constant relay which will require them to maintain an average speed of nearly 21mph.

Mr Wray – who also works at Physio Action Ltd’s Harrogate clinic, and with the Army in Catterick treating injured servicemen and women – is no stranger to sporting success himself having played Rugby League professionally for eight years with Featherstone Rovers, Batley Bulldogs, and Hunslet Hawks.

He said: “Sadly, due to injuries, I was unable to continue playing so embarked on a physiotherapy degree with the aim of continuing my physical connection with the sport I loved.

“My own private clinic focuses on prehabilitation and rehabilitation of elite athletes pre- and post-competition. Currently I am working with amateur and professional rugby players, football players, tri-athletes, ultra-marathon runners and many other sporting genres.”

Mr Wray will travel to the USA along with Team-Feat on June 14, four days before the race starts in Oceanside, California.