I'm taking on an epic cycling challenge: Le Loop.
I started road cycling when the first lockdown was imposed in March 2020. Being a bit of a contrarian I decided to get out more and the bike was the perfect vehicle for that strange time.
I am now 57 years of age and I 've signed up to do the whole Tour De France route in 2023, all 21 stages back to back, with plenty of mountain summit finishes thrown in for good measure.
Looking at over 100 hilly miles a day, every day, for 3 weeks.
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.
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.