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Le Loop - supporting the William Wates Memorial Trust

This year, I have dedicated myself to riding the 2024 Le Loop. Cycling is "Type 2" fun (you enjoy it mostly after doing it), and when I signed up in September, the pain of training and riding the tour in 2016 has largely faded. I'm right in the middle of training now and the memories are right back.

This year's route:


About Le Loop (formerly 'Tour de Force'):

Le Loop follows the official route of the Tour de France, one week ahead of the professionals and finishes 21 stages later in Nice (due to the Olympics in Paris).

On Friday 21st June 2024 around 100 riders will gather in Florence for the 'Grand Depart'. Some cycle a few days, some ride further. More will join us over the following 3 weeks of the tour.

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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Timothy Lyons

Ride like the wind…


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Phil & Catherine Kennard

Good luck Jamie!


Shaun Thomas

Shut up, legs.


James Coppin

Best of luck Jamie!



Good luck - and have a great time!


Michael Schwaiger

Go Jamie, go!



Wowsers Jamie! Doing it a second time knowing how tough it is, even more impressive! I am sure you are going to smash it!


Martin Mcnulty

Bon chance!


Suzanne & Chris Millar

Good luck, Jamie and great cause! Xx


Paul & Mimi


Russell Bender


Jonathan Tobin

Smash yourself Jamie!


Joe Ritblat

Great initiative Jamie - bon chance!


Ian Hunt