Now that Froomey has pedalled his way to another success on the Champs-Élysées it’s time to look forward to the other great cycling event of the year, The Tour de Playgroup 2015. On the 18th September a group of us will be dusting off our old pushbikes, struggling into lycra and heading off on the 70+ miles (not forgetting 1,391 vertical meters) between Playgroup Towers and Brighton Pier.
Inspired by Nairo Quintana’s staggering attack up the Alpe d’Huez on Saturday’s penultimate stage, we’ll be hauling our sore backsides up East Sussex’s notorious Ditchling Beacon, famously used as the hill climb on the UK stage of the 1994 Tour de France. Hopefully we won’t have to get off and push – in fact, we’re determined not to.
So why are we putting ourselves through all of this again? The beauty of a challenge like this is, that as well as raising money for a deserving cause, it also brings us all together as one team with one common goal. We will conquer the hills, we will beat the saddle sores and we will coast gloriously into Brighton.
This year we’re raising money for Bowel Cancer UK, a charity that has sadly become particularly important to one of us over the past year. We would love to support Bowel Cancer UK’s efforts to raise awareness of the disease (particularly amongst younger people) and their determination to stop people dying of bowel cancer.
All the money we raise will go directly to the charity, so please give all you can and we promise we will give our all in September.