Neil takes on the Alps and wins
Why would 53 year old business continuity manager Neil Wainman take on cycling over the French Alps, often billed as one of the world’s toughest routes to conquer?
The reason lies in Neil’s work for the Jericho Road Project, a charity offering support and practical help to women affected by or working in the sex industry.
“The life of a sex worker can be chaotic and risky,” explains Neil, who volunteers for the Nottingham based Christian charity as driver.
“We work with women who are vulnerable, marginalised and hard to reach.
“I’m aiming to raise £5,000 which the charity really needs to help make a difference.”
Amazing scenery and aching muscles
Over five days starting in late June, Neil and his friends cycled across five mountain Alps covering 500 kilometres in total. That’s 10,000 metres of ascent, higher than Mount Everest
“Cycling in the Alps is amazing. Such spectacular scenery and hugely challenging for me,” says Neil, “I got to meet great people en route too.”
Following in the steps of the Tour de France greats and reaching the top of Col du Galibier was a high point for Neil.
Despite aching muscles the final day saw Neil conquering the biggest challenge, climbing 2,716 metres up the Col de la Bonette.
“A celebration dip in the Mediterranean after was a very welcome cool off and the bib shorts for cycling make an excellent swimsuit!”
Every penny raised goes to charity
Neil says using MyDonate was his preferred choice for the challenge.
“Sponsoring through MyDonate is simple, most people have heard of it and apart from the fees charged by the card companies, every penny raised go fully to the charity. That helps make a huge difference as the Jericho Road Project rely on grants, gifts and donations.
“I would love to say a huge thank you to friends, family and colleagues for their support and for sponsoring me.”