In 2005 I raised money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation by cycling a stage of the Tour de France. I was so inspired by Lance’s determined battle with cancer and his subsequent domination of professional cycling’s greatest race that I wanted to honor and support those I knew or knew of living their own battles with cancer by tackling the race itself. As I toiled my way along the 180km of Pyrenean roads with a vertical climb of over 3km I became painfully aware of what it takes to push one’s physical self beyond all known limits and into the realm of belief, doubt, disbelief and ultimately surprise. It was the hardest thing I had ever done and profoundly changed me and my capacity to live life to the fullest. A full account can be found at:

l’etape 2005: the ride of my life

My reward for completing the stage and my fund raising goal was to attend the Ride for the Roses in Austin, Texas and to ride as part of a peloton with Lance himself. Less than a month before the ride I slipped a disc and I was not only unable to go to Austin, but unable to ride a bike for over a year and not fully fit for 18 months. Through my long recovery I understood that overcoming a stage of the Tour de France was nothing compared to battling my own body day after day for almost two years.

To mark my own recovery, Lance’s return to competition and most importantly the loss of two dear friends to cancer in 2007, Sean Horton and Xavier Perrot, among the many others who are battling cancer, I am getting back in the saddle and aim to raise enough sponsorship to Ride for the Roses in October.

If you can donate please do so at the following link with my heartfelt thanks.

I recognize the difficulty of giving to charity in this economic climate so if you cannot donate to the cause then help me to by using the following links when you shop on amazon – a percentage of your purchases will come to me and I shall donate to the Lance Armstrong Foundation for you.

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Throughout my training and fundraising I shall post blogs entries and tweets and I hope many of you will join the journey and enjoy the ride.

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