I'm taking on an epic cycling challenge: Le Loop - Alps
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 3,400kms later on Sunday 17th July.
On Friday 24th June 2022 around 100 riders will gather in Copenhagen for the 'Grand Depart'. Some cycle a few days, some ride further. I have signed up to ride three stages in the Alps, including two climbs (from different sides) of the fearsome Col du Galibier, the col du Telegraph, col de Croix de Fer, col du Granon and finally, at the end of nearly 300 miles of riding in three days, the Alpe d'Huez.
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.
An encouraging weekendMonday 30th May Back to back 50 mile rides at the weekend, with a good amount of climbing (by UK standards, not Alpine ones) working on pacing. Felt fine both days, though I can really feel it today. Planning some longer rides over the long weekend. Share
Less than 6 weeks to goFriday 27th May With less than 6 weeks to go until the ride, I'm beginning to be properly nervous. Training has been disrupted by a busy time at work and I'm feeling a bit undercooked. The next four weeks (before a taper) are going to be crucial. Share
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