Niftylift development director Steve Redding is attempting the historic 'Raid Pyrénéen’ bicycle challenge this week - 735km up and down mountain peaks in 100 hours - all in aid of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust charity.
The 'Raid Pyrénéen’ is a timed bicycle challenge over a route that traverses the length of the Pyrenees along the French Spanish border between Hendaye on the Atlantic coast and Cerbère on the Mediterranean, organised by Cyclo Club Béarnais since 1950.
Redding is one of 13 supporters of the charity, which includes riders of all levels of fitness, from rugby players Mike Tindall and Iain Balshaw to those who are little more than occasional enthusiasts that have trained up to complete the challenge. The 13 set off yesterday morning and are due to reach the Mediterranean on Friday afternoon.
The 735km include a total climb of 12,800 metres, crossing many of the peaks made familiar by the Tour de France, including Tourmalet, Aubisque, Col de Portet d'Aspet and Aspin, it has to be completed in 100 hours and can be done in either direction.
The daily schedule for this challenge is as follows:
Day 1: Hendaye to Oleron St Marie (163km with 2,300m of ascent) - Completed successfully - seven hours four minutes
Day 2: Oloron St Marie to La Mongie (133km with 3,620m ascent) - Completed in nine hours and six minutes!
Day 3: La Mongie to St Girons (153km with 2900m ascent) Completed - 154.3km - seven hours 56 minute
Day 4: St Girons to Prades (192km with 3,400m ascent) Sunny start - 192.9km - 10 hours 41 minutes.
Day 5: Prades to Cerbere (95km with 620m ascent)
All riders are funding their own trips, with all donations going directly to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. The full team includes David Adams, Iain Balshaw, David Bieber, Sean Brew, Will Cook, Charlie Garner, Michael Moore, Jason Pollock, Steve Pollock, Jason Purcell, Steve Redding, Max Smith and Mike Tindall.