Lew Lawton (57) comes from a cycling family. His father was the first president of the British Cycling Federation so you could say he has cycling blood in his veins. Given his first bike at 13 as a Christmas present he was not allowed to ride it properly until he had completed Cycling Proficiency at his local school. From then on he rode everywhere. As a member of the Local CTC group and the YHA he regularly went on cycling trips over the south down to the coast.
During his early Army days he rode for the Army Cycling Union until work and career got in the way. Since taking up Cycling again at about age 37, he has raised nearly £20,000 for Mencap by cycling in the Sinai Desert, by the Great Wall of China, from Machu Pichu to lake Titicaca in Peru and more recently in Nepal.
He is a keen road rider and mountain biker and ridden mountain bike trails in America, Wales and Cyprus.
He had several teaching jobs in the Army and is a natural instructor. He has been teaching cycling for over six months and has taught many children and some adults. His other interests include his work as a volunteer ranger for Sustrans where he helps to keep the Swindon part of the National Cycle Network in good condition and his volunteer work for Swindon’s Community Radio Station Swindon 105.5 where he helps to keep the equipment operational and presents a weekly programme.
This is a very cold Lew Lawton at an altitude of 4200m on the Alto Plano en route from Machu Pichu to Lake Titicaca in Peru