Paul, who is a resident of Wokingham and a member of Thames Valley Triathletes, is one of over 500 participants who are busy preparing for the event. He is taking part in stage 5 – the champagne leg – fulfilling a boyhood dream to be ride into the London Olympic stadium!
His aims are three fold:
- To personally raise over £3,000 for the event charities;
- To complete the 578 km of cycling in 4 days – covering an undulating route through Northern France and South East England with some 15,000 feet of climbing;
- To use the 2012 London Olympics as a way of raising awareness in the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
The money raised is going to three fantastic causes:
- the Dallaglio Foundation is supporting a cutting edge research project that will help develop more effective and personalised treatments for prostate cancer;
- the AF Foundation is developing and improving Child Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Units,
- and Virgin Unite is helping people tackle tough social and environmental problems with an entrepreneurial approach.
Paul commented “I was lucky enough to win a place on this years Cycle Slam through a Virgin Media customer competition. Cycling is one of the three disciplines in my sport of triathlon, so my training is going well. I do need people to support my fund-raising efforts though – these are fantastic causes that make all the personal training effort worthwhile”.
You can read about Paul’s progress via his blog – and find out how to sponsor him – at http://charityride.wordpress.com