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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.

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

I am tackling three full stages of the Tour de France called Middle Mountains and this consists of 487km over the three days.

Day One Wednesday 5th July 2023. Stage 11 – Clermont Ferrand to Moulins – 180km

Day Two: Thursday 6th July 2023. Stage 12 – Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais – 169km

Day Three: Friday 7th July 2023. Stage 13 – Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne to Grand Colombier – 138km, which includes a climb up the Grand Colombier – it’s a steep, challenging road (17.4km at 7.1%, but touching 12% in places!)

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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Mike Smith