Tour de Force cycle challenge raises thousands

Tour de Force charity bike ride SUS-160508-122019001
Tour de Force charity bike ride SUS-160508-122019001

After a gruelling 565-mile charity cycle ride, an Eastbourne-based duo have triumphantly completed stages eight to 12 of the Tour de France route.

Dan Starnes and Denzil Davies, who work at Goplasticpallets raised more than £3,200 – nearly double their original fundraising target - in aid of the William Wates Memorial Trust, when they undertook the Tour de Force five stage challenge at the beginning of July.

During the 10 months prior to the event, the pair clocked up over 2,300 training miles in preparation for the challenge, in which they would attempt to cycle five of the toughest stages of the Tour de France route.

Starting in the Pyrenees, Dan and Denzil cycled through Andorra’s mountainous road passes, before enjoying a steady decent onto the Garonne plain and then crossing the Langeudoc-Roussillon and Bouches-du-Rhone regions, taking in the stunning sights of Carcassonne and Montpellier, and finishing off with an epic ascent on the iconic Mont Ventoux.

Dan said,“We both trained hard ahead of the ride but with the unpredictable British weather, nothing could prepare us for tackling the heat, which made an already physically demanding challenge just that much harder.

“Seeing the finish line at the top of Mont Ventoux was a really proud moment for both of us.”

The money Denzil and Dan raised will go to the William Wates Memorial Trust, which was set up in 1998 and exists to celebrate the life of William Wates, who was tragically killed when travelling in South America.

The Trust’s mission is to help keep the most disadvantaged young people away from a life of crime and violence through the mediums of sports, the arts and education.

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