09:40AM, Sunday 24 March 2013
Cyclists inspired by the success of British professional riders will take to their saddles for a gruelling challenge to raise money for charity.
Windsor amateur riders Peter Thompson, 38, Paul Jukes, 44, Paul Eaden, 46, Simon Thatcher, 43, and Alex Lidegate, in his 40s, will take part in a section of the Tour de Force.
The charity event gives people the chance to ride all or any section of the 2013 Tour de France route, and takes place one week before Bradley Wiggins and others take part.
The members of Windsor cycling club Team Ascendo will take on seven stages over eight days from July 7-14 including iconic mountain summits Mount Ventous and Alpe d’Huez.
Club founder Peter, of Bolton Crescent, said: "You don't get the chance to play with your pros often and we were inspired by Team Sky and Olympic cycling successes.
"It is a good cause and the mountain stages have particular resonance as the Alps are the toughest part of the tour."
The father-of-two said he has been told the stages they are doing, which total more than 1,000km, are the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest three times on a bike.
Peter said they are each hoping to raise £2,000 that will be donated to the William Wates Trust, a charity helping disadvantaged young people.
The business consultant who set up Team Ascendo in February last year is hoping to expand the club that boasts 20 members and holds regular rides each week.
He said: "Doing this will hopefully raise the profile and help get more people involved."
Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/peterthompson5 to donate.
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