LAST January Rob Turner turned 75 and decided to embark on his third marathon charity cycle ride across the French Alps to Lake Geneva.
He flies out on 1st September, exactly five years after his last massive cycle ride which saw him conquer The Pyrenees.
“La Route des Grandes Alpes (Raid Alpine) has become a legendary cycling challenge across the French Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. The route takes six days, will include the climbing of 31 cols, with a total ascent of 59,000 feet over a total distance of 470 miles. The best known cols include Col d’Iseran, the Cime de la Bonette and the Col du Galibier. This time I have chosen to raise funds for a local charity based in Stratford called Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC). It enables children and young people living with cancer across the UK to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes, tandems and other equipment and support. Physical activity is a key element in rehabilitation from treatments,” said Rob.
Completing this journey and taking part in Ride London 100 in July, has given Rob two great challenges and memorable experiences to add to the scrapbook of memories and raise funds for a most deserving cause. His target this time round is £2,000 and he’s not far off the finishing line having raised £1,655.
Rob lives half way between Wilmcote and Aston Cantlow and much of his training has been done in The Cotswold Hills.
He admits he’s got a head for heights and loves being in the mountains but once he’s reached the peak of his climb he doesn’t mind if things go downhill thereafter because it means he’s heading for the finish line.