Nic Harker

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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.

On Friday 21st June 2024 around 100 riders will gather in Florence for the 'Grand Depart'. Some cycle a few days, some ride further. 

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

Football Beyond Borders

Sunday 21st Apr
It was a huge pleasure to meet some of the young mentors from FBB, a charity supported by Le Loop that uses the power of football to change the live of young people for the better.

Fixers & Riders

Saturday 3rd Feb
Some of the XO Bikes fixers with one of their creations and Le Loop riders.

XO Bikes: Making a Tangible Difference!

Saturday 3rd Feb
Just before Christmas I had the chance to visit one of the charities that my 520km of cycling in the Pyrenees in July will support.

The team at XO Bikes provide ex-offenders with training and jobs as bike mechanics at their workshop and refurbished second hand bike store in Lewisham. Studies show that employment is the single most important factor in reducing reoffending rates, and yet 75% of businesses will not employ ex-offenders. What the XO bikes  team are doing is breaking this cycle of re-offending, and it was truly inspiring to see the difference they are making first hand.

If you are able to sponsor me and help XO bikes and other charities like them keep the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime, it would be much appreciated. Thank you!

https://fundraising.wwmt.org/fundraisers/nicharker

Three hard days in the Pyrenees!

Sunday 19th Nov
So I've taken the plunge and signed up for Stages 13, 14 and 15 of this year's Tour de France.
This is when The Tour hits the Pyrenees, and so some of the "highlights" include:
>520km of cycling
>10,000m of climbing
9 major cols...
...including the Peyresourde and the mighty Tourmalet

This will be by far the hardest thing I've ever done on (or off!) the bike, way further than I've cycled before, with some monumental climbs along the way.
Thanks in advance for your sponsorship and support - it will keep me going when my legs are telling me to stop!

Thank you to my Sponsors

£215

Milva Sandison

You’ve a super cause to support. I wish you well.

£108

Rob Crane

Good luck and great cause, Nic!

£108

Jennifer Zucker

You’ve got this, RD! 🙌

£108

Sarah Trend

Well done, you! I look forward to the updates from the actual event.

£100

Paul Greenwood

Go, go, go!

£100

Dimitri Tsops

Go Nic, what a fantastic initiative!

£100

Mick Harker

Good luck!

£81

Kerry Moreland

I am inspired by your journey Nic! What a great cause.

£62.64

Melanie Nuttall

Leave a message? Hmmm, how about…don’t mess this up or I’ll have me money back, thanks 😘 xxx

£54

The Tucker’s

Good luck Nic!

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Lisa Oliver

Go for it !

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Rick Geer

Enjoy the hills!

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Richard Marwood

Good luck Nic. That’s a lot of climbing!

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Richard Barke

Go for it Nic!!

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Marshy

Greta cause, best of luck. Don't for get the Chamois!

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David Maclean

Good luck Nic. Insane challenge, perfect for you !!

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Jon Wilson

Good going Nic. Remember to use the breaks on the way down. I look forward to a full report

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Suzie Tarran

Go Nic! An impressive challenge but I’m sure you can do it!

£54

Elizabeth Hurles

Fantastic effort, Nic!

£54

Catherine Kelly

Best of luck Nic! Truly an amazing challenge and great cause.

£54

Melinda Dillingham

Good luck, Nic!

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Catherine & Eva

An impressive feat for an inspirational cause. Good luck. Enjoy the adventure but dont forget to enjoy the views 😉 xx

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Kathryn Casson

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Gell

Good luck Nic! What a great cause too.

£50

Patrick Howarth

Good luck sir!

£50

Nic Harker

£50

Debra, Lee And The Tribe Of Pb And Walkers

Nutter… that is all

£50

Sarah Hyde

Brave man, Nic! May the weather be kind!

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Stefan Ihnen

What a challenge, enjoy !!!

£50

James Hogg

I’d pay even more good money if I could see you at the end of day 3. For somebody who doesn’t like long rides it’s a brave move sir that’s worthy of plenty of sponsorship! Enjoy and well done of doing it for such a great cause.

£50

Thomas Braschayko

Inspiring!

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Andy Elliott

£50

Fiona Lee

Fair play, Nic. This sounds like a rather challenging endeavour! What a great charity.

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David Wenzel

£27

Rob Tracy

Best of luck Nic. You’re crazier than I thought!

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Nic Downes

Go Nic!! Great cause to support!

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Peter Velez

£27

Tom Wilson

Go Harker!

£27

Keith Tilson

£25

Ilja

Good luck Nic!! Great cause

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Rachel Garner

Bravo Nic, of course you will smash it!

£25

Pat Rutherford

Nic...look forward to the updates and some exasperated and joyful photos. happy to contribute to such worthy charities.

£21.60

Barry Shackleton

Great cause - good luck up the hills and enjoy!

£21.60

John Nichols

Good luck Nic. I'm sure you'll smash it!

£20

Sheena Hildebrand

Good luck Nic! Really worthwhile causes. 👍😊

£10.80

David Webber

Awesome job, sir. Best of luck.

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James Long

Keep on pedalling Nic!!!

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Justin Jackson

Best of luck Nic!

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Kerry Breure

Inspiring thing to do, Nic! Well done for even attempting it, I'll be thinking of you!