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Le Tour, my 2020 challenge- what have I done???

For my 2020 challenge I am upping the ante and I have decided to ride 12 stages of the Tour de France, the week before the professionals do it for real. I am possibly mad and suffering at the latter end of my mid life crisis, or the start of my old age one. I realise that it is only going to get harder as the years pass so it is now or never.I am raising money for the William Wates memorial trust, a grant giving charity, who have no paid staff, who are helping to change the lives of some our most disadvantaged youngsters. The trust provides funding for projects designed to change the lives of vulnerable young people and develop their potential away from the drug, gang and knife culture which blights so many of our inner cities.This is achieved by giving grants to charities that engage young people through the mediums of sport, arts and education. Part of my challenge is to raise £1500 for this worthy cause.

The route from the West coast of France to the East and the Alps will cover 1936 km (1203 Miles) in 11 days of riding.

From the only two flat stages of the Tour (excluding Paris) to the non-stop mountains that follow, this is a mega challenge. If you look more closely at the profiles and stage descriptions, you’ll see a huge variety in the climbing on offer; spikey & painful (Grand Colombier), bucket list (the Madeleine), surprising (Aravis), outright stunning (Cormet de Roseland), brand new (Col de la Loze), Tour history (Planche des Belles Filles) … rarely has there been such variety.

Oh yes, there will be the usual daily blog if I have the energy 😉 Any donation, however great or small, is greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance.

To donate please use this link or you can see me personally