Cycling the 2023 Tour de France...
The title is not 'clickbait' - I really am cycling the 2023 Tour de France route....
What am I doing?
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.
Maybe my mouse slipped, maybe I was in an overly confident mood, maybe you never know what you can truly achieve until you try - whatever the reason I am attempting to ride all 21 stages and 3,400km.
Why am I doing this?
There is a personal challenge aspect - how can I achieve something that, on the face of it, seems impossible? Can I be mentally and physically strong? Can I help and support others if needed and be part of a team?
Helping in general is a huge motivator. Every participant in Le Loop commits to raising a minimum amount for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT). WWMT's 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 providing grants and opportunities through sport, 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.
Without doubt, Le Loop is the hardest thing I have ever undertaken or contemplated and so:
- If you are able to make a donation, please do so as generously as you can.
- If you see me at the gym, pop over, have a chat or question my sanity
- If I fall asleep at work because I was training at 4am, give me a nudge please!
Importantly, 100% of all donations go to WWMT - the participation fee is paid directly by myself and completely separate to donations.
All donations no matter what size contribute to the fantastic work WWMT do, so thank you in advance for your support.