Mark Pearce

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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.

Merci!

 

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An encouraging weekend

Monday 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.

Less than 6 weeks to go

Friday 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.  

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anonymous

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Mark Pearce

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Stuart Craig

Looking forward to the Strava entries! Best of luck Mark

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Alasdair

Fantastic cause -- hope you make it before the TdF catch you!

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Iain Francis Greenshields

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Tony Muldoon

It will be a breeze getting up those....and maybe even a blizzard! Chapeau.

£54

Stuart Pemble

All the best Mark. Huge respect for this

£54

Alex Newman

Good luck, Mark. Don't forget your first aid kit (or your stabilisers).

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Stuart Thompson

Good luck Mark - I'm sure you will smash the 'steep bits'!

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Simon Roger Kirkup

Good luck.

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Kevin Calder

Rather you than me! Hope it is more fun than it sounds. Take it steady...

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Richard Plaistowe

Bloody envious! Have fun and don't fall off

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Cameron Pearce

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Andrea Newman

11,500M - blimey - best of luck with the climbing and I hope there are some safe freewheeling spots

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Andy Watts

Good luck, though I see you've have some good training this week.

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David Holder

Good luck Mark; you might need a block of ice to sit on each evening :)

£27

Andrew Playle

Good luck with it Mark. All that training will pay off. Andrew

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Rebecca Pallot

You can do it! (Just make sure that you keep all of your fingers this time). Becky

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Angus Turner

Amazing challenge and cause, Mark.

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James Shiel

Good luck!

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James Fry

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Alison Bull

Enjoy!

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Rhian Vandrill

Aren't you supposed to buy a sports car if you're having a mid-life crisis not cycle up mountains?

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Jill Mason

Blimey Mark. That sounds quite the feat! Good luck.

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Sarah Coates

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Nicky Hanglin

Good luck!

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Rachel Higgs

Good luck. You must be mad!

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Orla O'sullivan

Impressive Mark .Padded cycling shorts a must! Very best of luck

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Sara Barrett

good luck !

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Tim Winn

Good luck, Mark!

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James Southern

good work Mark, go well

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Fay Lyttle

Good Luck Mark! Great cause.

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Jenny Perry

All the best, Mark, sounds like a great challenge. Jenny P

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Steph Caird

Good luck Mark!

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James Larking

Best of luck Mark!

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Vicky Percival

I am totally in awe of your commitment to do this in aid of a very worthwhile cause. Good luck, stay upright and hopefully have time to enjoy the view!

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Elizabeth Hoogland

Good luck Mark ! I hope you enjoy(?) it !

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Sophie Burton-jones