A trio of Inverness businessmen has raised thousands of pounds for a national children’s cancer charity after tackling one of the Tour de France’s notorious mountain stages.
Colin MacLeod, customer training officer at Highland Office Equipment, part of the Capital Document Solutions business, took part in the L’Étape du Tour in the south of France – one of the leading amateur sports events in the world.
Colin was joined on the gruelling cycle challenge by Chris Barnett, owner of Roy Homes Ltd, and David MacDonald, director at Global Infrastructure. The group has already raised £2,000 with money set to benefit national charity Children with Cancer.
The event required the Inverness group, along with more than 15,000 amateur cyclists, to complete 138km and climb an altitude of 16,500 ft. The race included significant climbs at the Chaussy, the Croix de Fer (by Glandon), and the Mollard Passes, and the final climb towards La Toussuire–Les Sybelles.
Tour de France professionals cycled the same route just a few days later – the 19th stage of the competition – between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and the La Toussuire-Les Sybelles resort town in the French Alps.
Colin MacLeod said: “We’re thrilled with the level of support we’ve received from friends, family and colleagues, all of which will hopefully make a big difference to Children with Cancer.
“As expected, the challenge proved not to be one for the faint-hearted given the heat and the altitude. Our training went well but unfortunately the race was forced to stop due to an earlier crash before we could cross the finishing line.
“It still proved to be an incredible experience for all of us, particularly given the huge number of other cyclists taking part from all over the world, and I’d thoroughly recommend the event to any other sports enthusiasts. We’re now turning attention towards our next fundraising challenge.”
Children with Cancer UK is a leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers. For further information visit www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk