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.
Challenge CompleteTuesday 18th Jul
To the start lineThursday 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).
Out of the TourSunday 3rd Jul This morning I have unfortunately test positive for Covid which means that my tour is over.
Live TrackingThursday 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;
Thank you to my Sponsors
Sqlutions Company Donation
Ntt Data Business Solutions
Andy & Jo
Kelly And Kate Miler
Jeremy & Janice
William Larkin - Vitxcycle
Ian & Helen
Steve G Art
Chris M (art)
Jamie M (art)
Mike H Art
Kev T (art)