Iron-thighed TCL Group cyclists are aiming to conquer the Alps in memory of a colleague who died 18 months ago.
Burleys MD Tony Cammiss and TCL regional director Jon Collins are swapping the relative flatness of the Leicestershire countryside for the Alpine majesty of south eastern France when they cycle a section of the Tour de France along with 15,000 other two wheel loving fanatics.
The pair will be joined by a few friends to raise money for CRY - Cardiac Arrest in the Young - the TCL Group's nominated charity chosen after the sudden death of young fencing operative and popular colleague Chris Williamson.
The Etape du Tour on July 8 will see Jon and Tony cycle the route of one of the sections of the Tour de France - Annecy to Le Grand Bornand in the Auvergne Rhône Alpes.
The annual event, which each year selects a different section of the route, sees thousands of amateur cyclists from all over the world relive some of the feats of the ‘real' Tour de France competitors.
Jon, who vowed never to repeat the experience after taking part in 2016, explained:
"The Etape is an annual event where amateur cyclists challenge themselves to complete one of the genuine Tour de France stages, normally with a few mountains in the way. Whilst all keen cyclists, there are not too many alpine climbs in Leicestershire, and enduring over seven to eight hours in the saddle including four significant climbs through the Alps will certainly be a challenge!"
The event is a massive logistical feat - with 100 medics, 180 police, 12 ambulances and six helicopters on standby, and caterers providing entrants with 11 tonnes of bananas, 3.4 tonnes of oranges and apples, 700 kg of dried fruit, 350kg of Beaufort cheese (it is France!!) 22,000 madeleine cakes and 55.000 litres of bottled water.