Commander Pascal Patterson and Lieutenant Commander Dan Waskett (Picture: Stars and Spokes/JustGiving).
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'Us against the elements': Navy officers gear up for USA cycle

The team is preparing for a 5,000km ride across America in 2022.

Commander Pascal Patterson and Lieutenant Commander Dan Waskett (Picture: Stars and Spokes/JustGiving).

A two-man team of serving Royal Navy officers are training for a mammoth cycle in July 2022.

Expedition leader Commander Pascal Patterson and Lieutenant Commander Dan Waskett will cycle 5,000 kilometers unsupported from California to Florida in just 35 days to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Charity to support military mental health.

The duo, known as Stars and Spokes, are in the China Fleet Country Club in Plymouth this Sunday, tackling a day-long fundraising ride to prepare and raise awareness.

Both riders joined the on the same day in 2005 and have completed multiple frontline flying tours as Aircrew Officers, on deployments to Afghanistan, Somalia, West Africa and the Gulf.

Ahead of the USA cycle, which will see the pair ride 170km each day, Cdr Patterson said: "We will be entirely self-sufficient, there is no support team.

"It will be us against the elements, for 8 hours a day". 

Helping to prepare the team are personnel from the Institute of Naval Medicine, providing sport science, nutrition and training guidance.

"The Royal Navy is all about the team effort," Lt Cdr Waskett said "Whether on deployment or during an expedition, the same applies." 

The Stars and Spokes team is aiming to hit a £15,000 fundraising target with their trip.

</center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dan going strong 💪 70Km down, just another 130Km to go...! <a href="https://twitter.com/RNRMC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RNRMC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ChinaFleet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChinaFleet</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalNavy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RoyalNavy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/militarymentalhealth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=t…">#militarymentalhealth</a> <a href="https://t.co/vpb8HOWwDv">pic.twitter.com/vpb8HOWwDv</a></p>&mdash; StarsandSpokes (@StarsandSpokes) <a href="https://twitter.com/StarsandSpokes/status/1472532253142142977?ref_src=t…">December 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><center>