Grantham cyclists tackle gruelling peaks challenge ahead of London to Paris ride

Grantham riders take part in the Tour of the Peaks ahead of their London to Paris charity ride.
Grantham riders take part in the Tour of the Peaks ahead of their London to Paris charity ride.

A group of Grantham cyclists have taken on one of the most gruelling rides in the country ahead of 
another epic ride from London to Paris.

The cyclists took part in the The Tour of the Peaks, an immense cycle challenge with over 10,000ft of climbing and a 115-mile route. Rider Nick Conboy said the ride included “three killer climbs and relentless climbing with a maximum gradient of 21.6 per cent, and one goal – to survive. It was brutal”.

On July 21, 24 Grantham cyclists will take part in the London to Paris ride in aid of the Naomi Fardell Fund and the Willow Foundation. The Naomi Fund supports Great Ormond Street Hospital, Heart Link at Glenfield Hospital and the Kingfisher Ward and community team at Grantham Hospital. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson set up the Willow Foundation as a lasting memorial to his daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

Mark Angeloni, cyclist and event organiser, said: “In support of these two charities, a team of cyclists – all local to Grantham – will set off from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London at noon on July 21 with the aim to arrive together at the Eiffel Tower in Paris 24 hours later.

“We have all joined together to raise money for the charities. Our cycle training is going very well, and on Sunday several of our team members put themselves through one of Britain’s toughest cycling challenges to test themselves in preparation for the mammoth charity cycle ride next month.”

To sponsor the riders go to www.justgiving.com