7th August 2013
The Pedal de Alps team are now in the final throws of their tough training regime as they continue to prepare to be ready to cycle from Chorley to Nice in just over a week's time. A few carefully chosen words laid on a flat sheet of paper struggle to convey the difficulty of the task that will face the five friends who can count on twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin amongst their ranks.
Downhill mountain bike World champion and all round good guy Steve Peat is yet another two wheel athlete who has recognised what Lampkin and co are about to take on. As Peat explained, "I am amazed at the size of the ride these guys have bitten off for their first big one! It is certainly a challenge that none of them can take lightheartedly. I have known Dougie for a few years now and can vouch for what a committed and awesome athlete he is."
"However knowing that his legs have not had the miles built up in them for this kind of ride, it does worry me a little if he is up to the job." Quipped Peat. "Joking aside I wish all the guys the best of luck, it is a huge challenge for a great cause, so please support them however you can."
Comprising of Dougie, his cousin James Lampkin, close friend Paul Dixon, fellow motorcyclist Woody Hole and his manager Jake Miller the five strong squad have clocked up in excess of fourteen thousand miles collectively over the last nine months or so in order to be ready for this amazing journey.
Their one thousand mile plus challenge over twelve days or so, which will include just over thirty five thousand metres of climbing through the Alps and that will take in some of the fearsome mountain routes that were featured in the recent Tour de France, has already raised over ten thousand pounds for the Chorley based Derian House.
Paul Dixon and his family became acquainted with this specialist children's hospice for terminally ill youngsters during the short life of their son Harry who sadly lost his own fight for life in June 2006, aged just fourteen weeks.
Driven on by this very personal and worthy cause, the team has been serious in their preparations and recently did a test run of the opening one hundred and twenty five mile route that will take them from Chorley to Hull on day one of their almost two week long adventure. With Dougie unfortunately on other official duties elsewhere, it was left to the four remaining team members to battle across country and against a constant head wind to complete the recce in just under seven hours.
Next Friday 16th August Dougie and co will be setting off from Chorley for real.
Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/pedaldealps or by sending cheques payable to Derian House to Pedal de Alps HQ, 3 The Old Court House, Tenterden Street, Bury, UK - BL9 0AL
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