Weston-super-Mare man taking on Tour de France route for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 April 2017

Chris Stephens is cycling the Tour de France route for charity.

Chris Stephens is cycling the Tour de France route for charity.

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A Weston-super-Mare man will embark on an epic charity challenge this summer, taking on one of the most gruelling challenges in sport.

Chris Stephens, aged 39, will take part in the Tour de Force – which follows the route of the famous Tour de France – for the William Wates Memorial Trust, which supports disadvantaged children.

The Ashcombe Park Road resident has had to juggle parental duties – looking after his one year old daughter – and evening training sessions to prepare himself for the tour.

The challenge kicks off in the German city of Düsseldorf on June 24, and Chris hopes to have raised £2,500 by the time he rolls into Paris 22 days and 2,189 miles later.

Chris told the Mercury: “I have been a social cyclist for a number of years, but nothing more than that.

“I have never done anything like this, but it’s something for me to do for charity.”

Chris said teamwork will be key to navigating the leg-busting climbs through the Alps.

He added: “I’m doing it with 40 people I have met cycling through the years.

“You have to support each other. Some may be wiser but not as fit, so you have to look after each other.”

To support Chris’ effort, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/chrisandthetour 
You can also follow his progress updates online at www.facebook.com/chrisandthetour


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