Amateur cyclists ride same route as Tour de France

Amateur cyclists ride same route as Tour de France

Justin Burns

Amateur cyclists ride same route as Tour de France
All five reach the finish in Paris
Amateur bike riders have ridden the same path as Tour de France winner Chris Froome as part of a gruelling challenge in aid of charity.

Windsor cyclists Peter Thompson, 38, Paul Jukes, 44, Paul Eaden, 46, Simon Thatcher, 43, and Alex Lidegate, in his 40s, took part in a section of the Tour de Force.

The charity gave people the chance to take to their saddles and ride all or any of the stages of the 2013 Tour de France route prior to the actual race.

The members of Windsor cycling club Team Ascendo took on seven stages over eight days from July 7-14 including iconic mountain summits 6,273ft Mont Ventoux and famed Alpe d’Huez.

They each raised more than £1,000 for the William Wates Trust, a charity helping disadvantaged young people.

Club founder Peter, of Bolton Crescent, said: "It was an experience and quite gruelling at times especially riding Mont Ventoux.

"You just appreciate the fitness levels that these guys (the professionals) have and how incredibly fit they are when you start comparing times.

"They make it look so easy."

A view on the way up a mountain pass
The father-of-two said the stages they did totalled a combined distance of more than 1000km, and the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest three times on a bike.

He said each of them did the stages at their own pace and there were a total of 80 riders that took part on each day.

The business consultant said: "When you look on the television at the tour, courses in the mountains looks flat, but I can assure you it is not.

"One of the days it was 12 hours of up and down and 17,000 feet of it was uphill."

But the cycling fanatic says he will tackle the mountains again as it is was one of the things he had most aspired to do.

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