11 years on from when it was extremely hard, I'm taking on the challenge again: Le Loop.
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 2,200 miles later having climbed the equivalent of 5 times up Mount Everest!
I will be riding all 21 stages of the Tour de France route. It will be my third time around and I will be raising funds for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT). I will be paying 100% of the cost of the tour myself, every penny you can donate will go to the charity helping some disadvantaged teenager improve their life chances.
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, I will be at least 40 years older than the professionals who race the event, I will likely be the oldest rider on this event, it is going to be a real challenge, possibly a stupid challenge at my age, there are going to be extremely long days, finishing in the dark before rising early to catch a bus to the next start! The thing that will get me through the dark days that will come however, is knowing the challenge will never be as hard as some of the life challenges faced by some of the teenagers who will ultimately benefit from the money you can donate to this challenge.
Riding even ONE stage of the Tour de France route is going to hurt! Please make my efforts worthwhile by giving generously.