As part of our companies ‘321 Challenge’ Matt has been training for over a year to achieve this goal. L’Étape du Tour is an event established in 1993 that enables riders to live the legend of the Tour de France, riding on the same routes and under the same conditions as the professionals.
Every year, advanced amateur riders from around the world embark on one of the key mountain stages of the Tour de France: the same stage towns, the same routes, the same mythical climbs but also, and above all, the same race conditions as on the Tour. It’s the result of a significant amount of work carried out in partnership with the police, local organisations and local authorities, L’Étape du Tour is the only event to offer routes which are entirely closed to traffic.
But what’s involved in training for such an event? Well in the last 12 months Matt would say he’s eaten nothing but leaves, trained through snow, rain, wind and very little sunshine, with early mornings and long sessions in the saddle. Over the year he’s cycled on average 250km’s a week and has climbed well over 100,000 meters in the Peak District, the Lake District and as far afield as Mallorca and Gran Canaria.
This is a completely self-funded charity challenge, which means that every penny of the money raised will go to Act for Wildlife. The team are aiming to raise £1000 for this fantastic charity, and they’d really appreciate your help in reaching their target.