09:00AM, Sunday 24 August 2014
Cyclists from Windsor will be undertaking a 'great adventure' across the French Alps in order to raise money for charity.
Paul Markham, 41, of Bulkeley Avenue, will be setting off with friend, Barry Jordan, 40, of York Road, Windsor, from London on September 22 for a 650 mile trek to Courchevel over nine days.
They will be joined by friends Fred Wakefield, 45, and Dave Claridge, 30.
The general manager of travel agents Supertravel Ski said: "I have done quite a lot of cycling before and have travelled to Paris and the Alps but it will be the first time any of us have done a journey of this magnitude.
"The last day of the ride will be the real killer because we are riding the last 15 miles up a mountain and finishes on a HC (super category) climb which was used as the finishing leg of the Tour de France."
The idea for the ride came about as a way to celebrate the 50th birthday of Supertravel Skis.
The father to William, five, who attends St Edwards Royal Free Middle School, and Alex, two, is hoping to raise more than £1,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Trust and the Huck Cancer Foundation.
He said: "I bumped into a school friend who I hadn't seen in years and she told me that she had MS and she put me in touch with the charity.
"It's a worthwhile cause so I'm hoping we can raise as much money as possible."
Paul, originally from Leicester, has been riding 100 miles per week with Barry in preparation for the ride and can’t wait to get started.
"We’re all looking forward to it and it should be a great adventure for us."
Visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Markhamride2thealps if you would like to make a donation.