Four senior managers from independent builders merchant Kent Blaxill are taking part in a gruelling 450-mile charity cycle over the Alps which takes in some of the iconic Tour de France climbs.
Simon Blaxill, James Park, Kevin Pryke and Julian Wood will be raising money for the Robert George Foundation – and already have more than £3,000 pledged.
Thirty teams are taking part in the three-day relay event on September 17-19 organised by Challenge Adventure Charities. The ride features climbs including the 21 km Chamrousse and the famous 14 km Alp d’Huez, which provided the finish for the penultimate day of this year’s Tour de France.
Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill managing director, said: “We are feeling nervous excitement at the moment.
“There are not many sufficiently steep hills to train on round Colchester so I have spent a lot of time going up and down Glen Avenue, which is nearly the gradient of some hills we are tackling – just 10 miles shorter.”