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I'm taking on an epic cycling challenge: Le Loop. This year I’m cycling the first 6 stages of the 2023 Tour De France. The first three days are in the hills around Bilbao in Spain followed by three epic mountain stages in the French Pyrenees. I’m not sure

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.

Riders tackle one of a selection of "Loops" riding anything from 2 to all 21 stages of the Tour de France route. Every participant commits to raising a minimum amount for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT). The fundraised money is entirely separate from the participation fee - donations do not pay for my Tour

All monies raised go directly to 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.



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Wednesday 3rd May
Well training is all a bit last 
I signed up to this challenge last year and all of a sudden it’s 54 days to go….. ah!!!! I’m not at my fittest or slimmest but I’ll give it my best shot. 
I’ve cycled 6 out of the past 9 days so need to keep this momentum up now. Your encouragement means so much. Thank you xxx

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Nim Shah

You can do it Ruth


Mum & Dad

So proud of you Ruthie. We don’t know how you do it. Glad you are home safe & sound. Love Mum & Dad xxx


Karen Pearce

Ruth you are amazing! Wishing you all the best of luck,you will smash this What a fabulous thing you're doing WELL DONE XXX Karen Julian and girls xxx


Dennis Myers

Fantastic work Ruthie Dawn


Avani & Sej

Good Luck Ruth. Love Avani & Sej


Colin Hitchcock


Pete M.

Congratulations Ruth - epic ride and brilliant blog



Well done to you and all of your riding mates. What an achievement!


Joan Turner

Best of luck, take care. Mum and Dad xx


Nylesh & Bansari

Good luck Ruth


Joanna Doxey

Good luck and take it easy - it’s going to be a challenge but know you can do it xxxx


Gillian Mcmenemy


Dawn And Tony

Good luck Ruth - you will smash it for sure - you are a little pocket rocket! Love Dawn Tony Sam and Pip xxx


Helen And Chris

All the very best . You can do it !


Myra Stokes

Good luck Ruth! Lots of love. xxxx


Tiggr Dearden


Fiona Church

Go Ruthie, you've so got this! An amazing challenge and experience for such a great cause. All the best Fiona and Dave xxx


Pamela, Grant, Innes And Erica Xx

You’re an inspiration! I’m sure the climbs can’t be as hard as Chapel Hill! 🤣 Good luck! Lots of love,


Joanne O’sullivan

Good luck ruthie you will smash it with your lovely smile on your face xxxx Love jo and tim honey and bear xxx


Claire Fattore

We all now you can nail this! Be safe and no broken bones please! Xx


Rachel Millener

Brilliant Ruth xx


Susu & Simon

Well done Ruth!


Sharon Spicer

Well done Ruth, you truly are inspirational xx


Rachel Northfield

Ride well Ruth, enjoy the adventure xx


Puj & Aaran

Good luck for the ride! You can do it!


Chris Shah

You’re so inspirational and you’ll smash it!



Ruth you are amazing, you’ve got this. Keep going. Sending love xx


Sally Moulton

Such a worthy cause!


Ann & Marc

Good luck Ruth You can do it !!


Daisy Edmondson And Lucy Edmondson


Lou Holmes

You are an inspiration Ruthie, wishing you every success. Much love from Lou & Flo xx


Malcolm Boyd


Deborah Vine

Go Dawn! You are amazing … keep smiling that beautiful smile and enjoy every minute! Debs & Neil, Rustie & Nellie xxxx


Liz Robinson

In awe of you Ruth. We’ll be willing you up those hills. Liz & John xx



Good luck Ruthie, lots of love xx


Damaris Hitchcock

Good luck Enjoy x


Jess Hyde

Always in awe of you Ruth! You’re smashing it - amazing effort❤️ xx


Sandra Hornby ?

Good luck from someone who’s never owned an adult bike!! Impressive stuff & sounds like a great cause. 💖



Good luck Mummy. You’ll smash it.


Les Lewney

Love Auntie Les x


Dawn & Aidy

You truly are inspirational