Andrew Hilton, Clive Roberts, Mark Smith, Mike Fraser, Mike Windsor and Ian Ware are undertaking three of the Tour de France most iconic climbs to raise money for Bury Cancer Support Centre who looked after our friend Dean Ogden ( OGGY ) so well during his battle with cancer, a fight he sadly lost last year. The centre relies mainly on donations and fundraising to keep the doors open for sufferers and their families.
In June we are heading over to the Rhône Alps to cycle firstly the 'giant of Provence'.. Mont Ventoux, a 21km climb with an average gradient of 7.6% taking us upto a summit at 1912m. It has been said of the Ventoux "physically the Ventoux is dreadful, it is a god of evil, it never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering, it is something like a higher hell". As Tom Simpson found out during the Tour of 1967, Britain's first wearer of the yellow jersey and former world champion when in 42c heat he literally rode himself to death 1.5km from the summit.
Next we head to Alpe d'Huez and the 21 hairpin bends of the most famous of climbs, 13km long at a gradient of 8.1% to a summit height of 1815m.
Finally we tackle the Col de la croix de fer, a 31km climb to a summit of 2068m at a gradient of 5.1%. As hard as the climbs will be an equally hard challenge awaits on the descents where we will hit speeds of +50mph, then hopefully a well deserved beer!
Our cycling jerseys have been supplied by CONNECT an SGK group company with extra jersey sponsorship from Lancashire Motor Bodies and Diamond Cleaning Services.
The total summit heights add up to 5795m and the six of us hope to raise £1 for every metre. As you can imagine we have a lot of training to do with the added torture of trying to lose a few kilo's. Thanks for reading and donating.