Mark Ian Palmer

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I'm taking on an epic cycling challenge: 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 3,400kms later.

I was due to undertake the tour in 2023 but due to unforeseen circumstances  I have delayed to the 2024 edition. This year I have signed up to tackle the first week of the tour.   Starting with 3 fantastic stages in Italy, including Le Grand Depart in Florence and finishing with an epic gravel stage around Troyes, the first time in the men's edition of Le Tour.  We will be following exactly the route of the real riders of the Tour de France.  It's going to be more than 1,500km (900+miles) and around 18,000m (60,000ft) of climbing or 2x Everst. It will be tough but it will be fun!

Training has kicked off in earnest with a fantastic week of cycling in Spain with the CC London cycling club.

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. An example is Street Doctors, a movement of young healthcare volunteers who train young people how to save the life of someone who has been stabbed or knocked out.

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.



My Achievements

My Updates

Brighton and back

Tuesday 11th Jun
The best day of the year so far weather wise (not much opportunity for heat acclimatisation so far).  Brighton and back in a day. 

Return trip to Deal

Tuesday 11th Jun
Great ride down to Chris's house (a Le Loop Alumnus as are Charlie and Pete).  With an opportunity for a beer by the beach.  Ride back the next day

May Flyer Sportive

Monday 13th May
Very nice sunny sportive Sunday, to add to a very reasonable week of riding now the weather is better.  Rode with two Le Loop alumni, Charlie and Pete, together with Mark Gee (they are all doing Chase the Sun this year).  Great organisation by SWRC.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Helen Field

Good luck hitting the hills for such a good cause


Consultancy Income


Helen Field

Amazing ride - well done


Sue Olley

We promised you a bit more so here it is. Fantastic experience and maximum respect for the fact you're doing it.


Chris Lodge

Good luck this year Mark, sure you will enjoy it


Steve Mould

Sounds pretty tough Mark. 20000m Phew!!🥵🥵Chapeau to you.


Zeppo Wilding


Diane Graham

Great challenge - enjoy and dont fall off!!!!


Rita Palmer


Jeff Lovelock

Bonne chance


Mark Palmer


David Finch


Nick Olley

Great to see that you can still manage such a feat. Respect!



Good luck! I don’t envy you


Richard Prince

Good luck Mark - 1000km doesn't sound too bad but 20km up maybe not quite so easy....although I guess it's only a 2% average gradient


David And Charlotte

Keep pedalling.


Josie Palmer

This challenge is absolutely bonkers! Just got to think it's all downhill... except for the uphill bits. We are sending you speedy vibes! Josie and Ben "Fly like the wind bullseye."


Andrew Tarring


Nicky And Paul Aston

Good luck - sounds like a tough ride!


Dee And Dave

Sounds amazing - hope the legs hold out!


Peter Graves




Chris Lodge

Looking forward to chasing you up the them hills


Judith & Andy

Good luck; the pros will be right behind you!