In July 2017, three Monmouth School 6.I boys – Adam Lucas P and Lucas W – are planning to undertake a major bicycle challenge, to ride the length of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, to raise money for charity.
The ride, known as the ‘Raid Pyrenean’ follows a historic route traversing the great mountain range, crossing many of the cols made famous by the Tour de France like Aubisque, Peyresourde, Portet d’Aspet and the fearsome Tourmalet (2,115m).
The route is 720km (450 miles) long, with 11,000m (36,000 ft) of vertical ascent: that is the equivalent of cycling from Chepstow to Anglesey and back to Chepstow, climbing Snowdon ten times en route. The task is to complete it in 100 hours. It is a huge challenge!
The boys are undertaking this endeavour to raise £15,000 for two charities:
– The Hands-Up Foundation is a small, innovative charity raising funds and awareness for those affected by the civil war in Syria, the greatest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. The charity identifies projects that will have maximum impact for those in greatest need. For example, the charity funds the salaries of medical staff at the hospital in Aleppo, keeping the hospital open while encouraging other qualified doctors to stay in Syria. The Hands-Up Foundation also supports the National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs, based in Turkey. It is estimated 30,000 people in Syria currently need prosthetic limbs.
– Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) works to prevent sudden cardiac deaths in the young through awareness, screening and research, and through supporting affected families. Every week in the UK, at least 12 young people die from undiagnosed heart conditions. Conditions such as HCM and heart wall thickening are consistently overlooked in the young. Fit and competitive people aged 12-30, particularly males, are the most likely candidates for these potentially tragic occurrences. Patrons of CRY include Sir Ian Botham, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Clive Woodward, Joe Root and John Inverdale.
Adam says “We propose to set up a Just Giving page where people will be able to donate. For the record, we are financing the cost of the challenge entirely ourselves. All the money we raise will go directly to the charities. Rob Penn, Lucas’s father is coming with us.”
Hope the boys have invested in gel seats and padded shorts!
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