Andy Hayton

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I'm taking on an epic cycling challenge: Le Loop.

Having just turned 50, I have decided to mark the milestone by taking on Le Loop again. Le Loop follows the official route of the Tour de France, one week ahead of the professionals and finishes 21 stages later in Paris, some 3,408kms later on Sunday 16th July.

As you may remember I attempted this challenge last year, but after 8 stages, Covid robbed me of the chance to complete the full route. I am more determined that ever to succeed, and your support will help motivate me during round a particularly tough route. 

All monies raised go towards the William Wates Memorial Trust whose mission is to help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence and fulfil their potential. This is achieved by giving grants to charities that engage young people through the medium of sports, arts and education.

It's been a tough couple of years for charities and particularly for young people. This is my chance to give something back and help support young people who aren't lucky enough to enjoy the advantages in life that most of us take for granted.

Le Loop is no small undertaking. Riding even ONE stage of the Tour de France route is going to hurt! Please reward my pain by giving generously. I have paid all of the costs of the trip so every penny raised will go directly to the charity.



My Achievements

My Updates

Challenge Complete

Tuesday 18th Jul
On Sunday, after riding over 2,200 miles, I arrived in Paris. The course this year was particularly tough, but I am pleased to say the with the support of my family and friends I was able to complete my challenge of riding the route of the Tour de France 2023. 

I am still reflecting on my cycling achievement, but I am proud to have raised over £4,500 for the William Wates Memorial Trust. 

To the start line

Thursday 22nd Jun
This year the Tour de France starts in Bilbao, and I'll be starting my journey there in just a few hours time. This year, more than ever, I am nervous about what my journey may bring. My attempt last year did not go to plan when I went down with Covid after just 8 stages, so this  year I am determined to succeed despite a very hilly route (understatement).

I can be tracked whilst I ride this year via the link below. 

and if you want to follow me on Strava my profile can be found here.

Any donations to my fundraising will be gratefully received. I'll try and add a few updates and pictures on here as the ride progresses. 

Out of the Tour

Sunday 3rd Jul
This morning I have unfortunately test positive for Covid which means that my tour is over.  

I am gutted, but can be proud of the way I rode the 8 stages I did complete. 

Live Tracking

Thursday 23rd Jun
My challenge officially starts tomorrow. Through the wonders of modern technology you can track my progress each day. Whilst I'm riding Live updates' should be available at;

Once I'm done at the end of each day my rides will be uploaded to Strava which should hopefully also contain some photos.

Thank you so much for your support. 


Thank you to my Sponsors


Sqlutions Company Donation




Ntt Data Business Solutions

Good Luck Andy from everybody at the NTT Data Business Solutions


Andrew Hayton


Andy Hayton


Colin Billing

Best of luck. Complete madness and a second time.


Andy Mayer

Good Luck Bessy - Ride long & peddle strong. A&J


Andy & Jo

Bessy - best of luck on your gentle peddle around France. Keep drinking the beetroot juice!


Ian Mckinnon


Kelly And Kate Miler

Congrats, Andy! Kate and I are so proud of you. Hoping to ride with you in 2025!


Jeremy & Janice



Best of luck Sq


Malcolm Corrigan

good luck! amazing ride so far!


Andrew Burley

Don't forget the vaseline !!!



Good luck Andy, may your bike have wings!


Gareth Williams

Good luck. Hopefully one day we will get to ride together


Jaime Wood

Amazing effort!!



Chapeau fella



Good luck Sq! You can do it….💪


William Larkin - Vitxcycle

What an achievement and for such a great cause. Well done Andrew.


Anthony Franklin



Joe Fernley

Awesome. Well done Andrew


Ian & Helen

Good Luck SQ. Let’s hope your Wordle stats don’t suffer!!


Kelly Goodridge

Amazing , you should be proud of yourself 👏🏻



Good luck Andy, see you in Paris x


Matt Tipton



Good luck mate



Well done Andy.


Andy Hayton


Joe Mcconnell

Well done, Andy - anything for a break from the kids eh?


Steve G Art

Good luck!


Chris M (art)

Good luck Andy. Fantastic cause, and fantastic ride.


Jamie M (art)

All the best Andy!


Mike H Art

Awesome effort!


Jason Byles

Keep it up. Amazing challenge and extremely worthy cause


Kev T (art)

Good luck on your epic challenge


Chris Mason

Well done SQ, v. impresive..



Good luck, Mike H, ART