In May, a team of riders will cycle from Suffolk; 850 miles to Mont Ventoux in the south of France. Once there, the team will take on the Ventoux challenge which which will see them riding up the mountain not once, but 3 times in 24 hours. This challenging climb is well known as being the toughest part of Tour de France so the team has certainly set the bar high!
Team member David Renton met CHUF Parent Trustee and super-fundraiser Ivan Hollingsworth at his sister’s wedding, just as Ivan was preparing to do the coast to coast challenge. Inspired by Ivan’s story and his success in raising funds for CHUF, David rode 110 miles alongside Ivan during his Half a Million, Half a Country challenge.
Through conversations at work the idea started to grow and from that, David says that the plan to ride up the iconic Tour de France climb of “Mont Ventoux” was born.
For a closer look at how the team’s training is going and to follow them as they start their challenge on 20th May, take a look at their Facebook page. The team is made up of 4 people on bicycles and an additional 4 in 2 vehicles providing support. The team has hired a van to get the bikes home as David says doing the whole thing again on the way back is a bit much for them all! Their plan is to camp overnight during the challenge to keep expenses as low as possible.
If you’d like to support the Ventoux4CHUF team as they take on this incredible challenge, you can make a donation on their GoFundMe page
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