Mark 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.

Perhaps in a moment of madness I have signed up to tackle 7 days in the middle of the tour including ALL the mountainous Alps stages, along with a few cycling mates. We will be following exactly the route of the real riders of the Tour de France.  It's going to be more than 1,000km (600+miles) and around 20,000m (66,000ft) of climbing. It will be tough but it will be fun!

Training has kicked off in earnest with a weekend ride to the Kent coast and back.

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.



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Helen Field

Good luck hitting the hills for such a good cause


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Steve Mould

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


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Diane Graham

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


Rita Palmer


Jeff Lovelock

Bonne chance


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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!


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Chris Lodge

Looking forward to chasing you up the them hills


Judith & Andy

Good luck; the pros will be right behind you!