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Double cycling Olympic gold medallist in awe of pedalling challenge
Chorley to Nice – August 2013

24th July 2013

Double cycling Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy is a man that knows a thing or two about pedalling and was truly in awe when he saw the extent of the soon to be Pedal de Alps challenge that will get underway on 16th August. Clancy who became aware of the charity project through his love of motorcycle trials, kindly added some words of support to the cause when he met Dougie Lampkin earlier this year.

Lampkin will be one of five motorcycling friends who will attempt to pedal from Chorley in the north west of England to Nice in the south west of France via the alps over a period of twelve days or so to raise money for Derian House, which is a specialist hospice for children based in the starting town. Lampkin will be joined by his trials riding cousin James Lampkin, his manager Jake Miller, Hope employee and fellow motorcyclist Woody Hole and long time friend Paul Dixon.

Having viewed the punishing schedule and route Clancy, who has also won a bronze Olympic and five cycling World Championships in addition to his two gold Olympic medals said. "This is an enormous challenge to take on, even for a pro cyclist. Thirty five thousand metres of climbing over twelve days or so is a big ask even for guys who pedal for a living. That said I know Dougie is used to taking on tough terrain and to putting his body through hell to reach his goals, so I am sure he will be a big inspiration to the rest of the team."

Ed continued. "It sure won't be easy, but it will be a fantastic achievement for the whole squad when they complete it. Being a trials fan myself it's really great to see someone like Dougie who has won so many World titles in one sport, to be putting his reputation on the line and to having chosen my sport of cycling as the means to raise money for such a great cause."

"Although I envy them on some levels, on the other hand the reality of the pain that will be involved to reach the finish is not something that is making me tempted to join them at all." Ended Clancy, with a slight grin on his face.

From day five of the challenge onward, the relatively inexperienced squad will follow a famous path known as the 'Route des Grandes Alpes.' From the shore of Lake Geneva the route over the remaining days will take in sixteen of France's highest passes as the team literally takes the high road to Nice. Covering over four hundred miles and just under sixteen thousand metres of vertical climbing the route includes the Col de I'Iseran - the highest and longest French pass, the Cimes de la Bonette - the highest paved road in France and the famous Col du Galibier via Telegraph - the biggest vertical climb in France.

The reason behind this extreme challenge is a real and personal one with Paul Dixon and his family having become acquainted with Derian House during the short life of their son Harry who lost his battle with SMA Type 1 in June 2006, aged just fourteen weeks. (SMA is short for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is a genetic disorder, affecting the motor neurons in the spinal cord)

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

For further information please call + 44 (0) 161 763 6660 or email info@pedal-de-alps.com