18 May 2011

Bonne Chance in France for fundraising cyclists!

Cycling in French AlpsFour keen as mustard cyclists are set to discover what it’s like to navigate a stage of the Tour de France–while raising money for Cancer Research UK and ChildLine.

Part of a total fundraising team of twenty, the quartet: Steven Mitchell, Andy Knight, Tim Scholes, and Peter Rogers, are set to take part in this year’s Etape du Tour amateur cyclist fundraising event which includes riding through the stunning French Alpine scenery to the summit of L’Alpe d’Huez.

Although the foursome will be able to take in some breath-taking views during their ride, they will also be subjected to some arduous cycling conditions. The route is 109km it total, which includes 21 hairpin bends and a climb of more than 4000 vertical meters in one day. That’s the equivalent of cycling up the BT Tower almost 23 times.

Steven Mitchell said: “The race is only open to 10,000 amateur cyclists and is a fantastic opportunity to ride a full stage of the Tour de France, often the hardest stage of the race. Only 70 per cent who enter manage to complete the stage, so it will be quite a felling to know we have completed what the big boys do, as well as raising money for some very worthwhile charities.

Gary Wardle, one of the fundraising team supporting ride added:

“This is the first time that I and many of the team have raised money for the BT charities (Cancer Research UK and ChildLine) and the new MyDonate website has made it a very slick and speedy process to set-up. We have quickly been able to establish all of the key ingredients such as the dramatic pictures of the Alps and the event itself, a training blog that enables our donors to feel part of the event by keeping track of our training progress and of course shared comments and the progress bar. However, the real beauty of Mydonate has been responses to the fact that MyDonate is a free online UK charitable fundraising service that BT guarantees 100 per cent of all funds donated go directly to the charities.”

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