Competing in the L'Etape du Tour, which follows stage 20 of the 2013 Tour, Richard, aged 50 from Market Harborough, took on the tough challenge in aid of children’s charity Get Kids Going and has raised nearly £500 of the target £750.
Taking place at the beginning of July, Richard finished in seven hours and ten minutes after cycling a route that began at the town of Annecy and finished at the ski station of Annecy-Semnoz which boasts an altitude of 1,655m. The 130km race also includes a climb of the 1,142m des Prés and the 1,463m Mont Revard.
However, as if the climbs weren’t enough, Richard also had to contend with 30 degree heat, extreme foot pain and riding with over 11,000 other competitors. He comments, “After competing in last year’s event, I wanted to come back again as I loved the challenge and the whole experience, especially when you’re following in the tracks of Tour de France professionals.
Although a tough, exhausting and painful bike ride, it was worth the training and dedication to get to that finish line and thanks to the overwhelming support of family, friends and colleagues at CML, I was able to keep pushing.”
After completing the ultimate test of endurance, Richard isn’t taking his feet off the pedals just yet, as he is now gearing up to compete in the new Prudential Ride London 100 in August, which he hopes will boost his fundraising efforts even further.
A mammoth cycle ride from London to Surrey, the ride will begin in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follow a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside, following testing climbs before finishing back in Central London on the Mall.
Richard comments, “This is the first ride of its kind in the UK and promises to be a spectacular event. I’m looking forward to being part of the London to Surrey 100 challenge, and riding a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics. I’m also looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and competing with 20,000 other riders.”
To support Richard and make a donation Get Kids Going, a national charity which gives disabled children and young people the wonderful opportunity to participate in sport, log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RichardLeeds