When Mark Winterton was asked, “how do you fancy a bike ride in France and Spain”, he imagined a pleasant cycle ride taking in vineyards and enjoying long leisurely lunches.
Instead, he managed to sign himself up to take part in a 400 mile ride from Bordeaux to Barcelona in just 5 days. To add to the pain, the ride included 28,500 feet of climbing! Pretty impressive stuff we think.
Even more impressive, Mark set out to raise some money along the way for two charities – Mind and Cancer Research.
With sections of the ride involving a 15 mile pedal up hill and inclines as steep as 14%, it wasn’t easy. The climbs were hard. The downhill stretches petrifying. But the scenery was spectacular (when it stopped raining) and it was all in a good cause.
Having completed his epic ride, Mark said “I can honestly say it was an amazing experience. And I managed to raise £1,118 for Cancer Research and £380 for Mind so a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”
What a fantastic achievement – well done Mark. We can’t wait to see what your next challenge will be!