Kate Gaunt

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Le Loop - supporting the William Wates Memorial Trust

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.

Merci!

My Achievements

My Updates

200 km plus ride done ✔️ 👍

Monday 22nd Apr
So yes the title says it all, and after the months of solid training put together by coach Helen Bridgeman it felt ok 👌. Just need to repeat this 9 times in June. All donations spurring me on during every training session. Thank you so very much peeps. 




Milestone reached #100

Sunday 14th Apr
Yes I have now done 100 training sessions since January 1 st, the majority have been bike based but also core and body conditioning. Don’t think I’ve ever been so consistent with training, done such a volume or back to back on the bike but happy to say it’s paying off … spring is here so out on The Beauty, Pearson Carbon bike that’s going to do Le Loop. It’s a great bike and will help me as much as any bike can to do this kind of event - and yes it get’s cleaned after every ride.

Training, training, training and more training

Thursday 11th Apr
Not so much to report since my last update apart from most importantly I have reached over £2000 fundraising and increased my target. Thank you so much everyone. And yes been training hard since Calpe nasty intense indoor bike sessions and doing longer outdoor rides and some Sat and Sunday rides. It’s all about training atm. One memorable 160 km Saturday ride with mates to support me. Hopefully shorts on from now. 🤞

Calpe Post 3

Thursday 7th Mar
Other things I learnt, keep a sense of humor, the legs will complain but warm up after 30 minutes or so, enjoy the scenery. The Pros make it all look easy (yes they were flying around there), this gang passed me on a 15 km climb. If it was easy it would not be a suitable challenge. Thank you for all your donations watch out for more blogs. Kc

Calpe Post 2

Thursday 7th Mar
What did I learn? The challenge I’ve set myself for June is huge, but I knew that 😂.  Improved my downhill skills, how to fuel for this event (eat,eat and eat), how to hydrate (stay hydrated), steady away on the climbs conserve your legs, the small cog is great especially at the start of the day, get your layers on at the top before you start your downhill - it’s chilly up there.  Gore top saved me.

February Calpe, Spain training week …. Feb 2024 post 1

Thursday 7th Mar
So off I went to join a mixed group of cyclists with different goals to cycle 7 days from Calpe run by Mellow Jersey (great company and ride leaders).  Weather now what was expected at all, windy, some sun but quite cold.  It is here I was introduced to grown up climbs, mega downhills, smooth roads, nice drivers and learnt so much.

Final Watt bike session for 8 days … yay, but still training

Friday 23rd Feb
Off to Clape, Spain tomorrow to do a weeks cycle training in the 🤞sunnier climes. Going to embrace the hills and every day out on the bike … let’s see how the legs hold up. Bye bye shed and avatar 😂

My home training set up …..

Friday 9th Feb
So training is now in full swing and the word is out about the challenge I’m undertaking for this great charity.  So sharing a picture of a place I have spent hours and will do even more in the coming months. (Excuse the mess)

And I’m off …. first 1/2 Le Loop 2024

Monday 4th Dec
Training has officially started this week …. And so has the fundraising for this fantastic Charity - to help young people stay out of trouble through sports, arts and education.

Check out this Utube link of one of the charities they support.  https://youtu.be/Z6gzqJ8R9q0?si=_pSHYl7XXxweEsE3

In a nutshell June 22nd 2024 I’ll be cycling the first 9 days of The Tour De France Route. Thats over 1500 km and an awful lot of climbing.

Click link below for more information about the actual event if you wish.




Thank you to my Sponsors

£215

Martin Gaunt

Ride safe Kate, enjoy .

£150

David Gray

A huge commitment to a worthy cause. Smash it, Kate!

£150

John Gale

Bon chance pour Le Grand Depart and subsequent trials and tribulations.

£108

Francesca O'brien

Brilliant job Kate !! Great cause

£108

Sophie Moseley

Go Kate!!!!!!! Love Sophie, Dave & Sid xx

£108

Sarah And Kevin

Totally bonkers endeavour! Wishing you every success.. and that you have a super comfy pair of cycling shorts 🙂

£108

Agnès Réau

Watch where you're going you cray cary, godspeed. xxx

£108

Karina Beasley

Kate - you are one awesome person, a force!! Grace and grit, you've got this in spades - enjoy the ride, and this is for a very lovely and worthwhile charity. Thanks for sharing...Karina

£108

John Gaunt

Donation in now way proportional to your epic challenge! Always impressive. John and family x

£100

Sarah W

I was in before I saw the Marmite cycling jersey but doubly so then! Enjoy every minute like I do our training sessions :-)

£81

Joanna O'sullivan

You are an inspiration 💙

£81

Subhas Patel

Big big respect for taking on this challenge. I wish I had your legs and the time to do this. ;-) Best of luck, smash it for the spinners. Seb

£54

Iain Murray- Lyon

£54

Susie

Good luck Kate, you can do it!

£54

Terri& Paul Stewart

Go Kate, Paul and I are sending our encouragement, determination, strength, positive vibes and love to you whilst you complete this challenge. Chapeau x

£54

Helen Lister

Have a brilliant time. You are a superstar !

£54

Kate Gaunt

£54

David Barrett

Happy to donate to such a worthy cause; you're very brave (and quite mad!) for taking this on, but you'll enjoy the scenery and the food. Look forward to hearing all about your adventure when you return!

£54

Laura H

Incredible and inspirational challenge! You've worked so hard and your resilience will ensure you smash this! Enjoy tapering 😅

£54

David Aubrey

Good Luck

£54

Susan Fawcett

Well done twinnie, have a fabulous time and come back in one piece. 💗💗💗

£54

Anthony Rissbrook

Fantastic challenge and a great cause too . And you will smash it !

£54

David W

Best of luck Kate. Don’t forget to enjoy it…..

£54

Craig Mayhew

Chapeau 🧢

£54

Rebecca

I am in awe. Inspirational.

£54

Tania Vasylyeva

😊

£50

Erna

May the cycle shorts be padded, the weather sunny and the terrain enjoyable. Bonne chance, I know you'll smash it!!!

£50

Rachel Brewer

Go go go! What a brilliant adventure Kate x

£50

Barrington Hr Consulting Ltd

Go get ‘em Kate. Hurry back to train me in July

£50

Eve Pienaar

Well done taking on this challenge, dear Kate! Great cause as well. Stay strong and we will all be willing you on :)

£50

Andrew Collyer

£50

Danielle Rodriguez

Go for it Kate, you’ve got this! Good luck, Danielle & Paul

£43.20

Georgina Chant

Good luck Kate! Raising money for an incredible cause x

£40

Kathryn

Good luck with this challenge Kate. Am sure you’ll nail it!

£37.80

Wayne Bartlett

Good luck Kate and best wishes for the training and cycling challenge.

£32.40

Chris Inett

Well done Kate. A very impressive challenge for great cause. Good luck. Go for it girl…..

£32.40

Beverley Easy

You go girl you are going to smash it. Good lucky and happy cycling

£30

Tim Cummins

Go Kate

£27

Helen Bridgman

You've got this Kate! Remember to live in the moment and take it all in. You've trained super hard for this, so now is your time to show what you can do. Remember to smile and have fun too, you're doing it for a great cause!

£27

David Lindsay

Amazing! Good luck for a great cause. How brave are you! Best wishes,

£27

Rebecca Dyer

Good luck Kate! Sure you'll smash it 😀

£27

Charlotte Ennor

Rock on Kate. You’re going to smash it x

£27

Rowland

Well done and have the most fantastic experience!

£27

Jonathan Gibbs

Great cause. Best of luck

£25

Philip Webb

Best of luck Kate - it’ll be a mighty achievement and well done for raising so much money for a great cause

£25

Cathrine Hertz

Get that yellow jersey!

£25

Anonymous

It’ll be a cruise…

£25

Vicki Hutchinson

Best of luck - you’ll smash it!

£25

Cadzy Tighe

Well done Kate, a great achievement and a great charity 👏

£25

Jacky Balfour

Good luck Kate. You’ve got this. It’s been a great pleasure meeting you and riding with you.

£25

Maggie Bell

This is an amazing thing to do, Kate, and after all your hard work I'm sure you'll succeed!

£25

Annalisa Tedeschi

Vai alla grande Kate!!

£25

Jayesh Patel

Best of luck Kate 🚴‍♀️

£25

Paul Hocking

Fantastic challenge and well done fior raising the money for such a good cause! Good luck - we'll be tracking you!

£25

Claire Miller

Good luck Kate. You’ve done all the hard work now and will smash it!! Keep your head up and take it all in - you will have the best time! X

£21.60

Patrick Mcveigh

Good luck and look after yourself - don’t go mad.

£21.60

Ann Keogh

Wishing you all the very best. Stay well. A brilliant cause, very close to heart.

£21.60

Ljiljana Jelusic

All the best Kate xx

£20

Edit Horvath

Such a worthy cause and what a challenge! Admire your dedication and strength Kate! All the best with the ride, can't wait to hear about it all afterwards!

£20

Caroline Gronvold

Good luck!!

£20

Nicola Whittock

Good luck Kate!

£20

Janet Coleman

Good luck! Looking forward to following your progress.

£15

Lisa Beck

Go Kate, you total inspiration!

£10.80

Bella Bujak

Best of luck Kate!

£10.80

Minal Patel

Good luck Kate! A great cause x

£10.80

Linda Brennan

£10.80

Anonymous

£10.80

Susie Maclelland

We’re all cheering you on Kate. Great cause. Bonne chance!

£10

Amanda Robinson

Go Kate 💪🏼🚴

£10

Maeve

G’wannnn Kate!!

£5.40

Briony Higgo

Not a huge amount. Glad you've chosen this charity that recognises the importance of developing young children in their early years and taking part in community projects before turning to knife crime. So sad the news. Everyday these young children are using knives. Hanging around with people dealing in drugs and using them as there gateway.