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Eype cyclist is a peak performer
3:03pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
WEST Dorset filmmaker Dave Young has just successfully tackled more mountains in seven days than cyclists do in 21 days on the Tour de France.
But thanks to months of gruelling training he enjoyed the challenge of taking part in the Haute Route cycle race across the Alps from Geneva to Nice.
He did it partly just because it was a challenge but also because his cousin’s 11-year old daughter is being treated for leukaemia and he wanted to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Mr Young, 46, from Eype, said: “The idea is you get a feel for what it is like to be a professional.”
There were 600 riders taking part with 35 support vehicles He was up against stiff competition – the man who won this year and last was an ex-professional champion of France and last year the woman who won was one of our Olympians.
He added: “I have been up most classic climbs in the Alps but I have always struggled up them because I have not been quite fit enough to enjoy them.
“So the idea was to get fit enough to enjoy them. It was the most enjoyable time I have ever had on a bike in the mountains because I trained properly.”
Mr Young began training at the beginning of the year and lost of couple of stone after tackling Eggardon Hill, Portland, Hardy’s Monument and Exmoor.
“I would have liked to have been a professional but I’m too old for it now. A veteran is from 40 and I’ve been one ever since I started.”
He spent the week in Nice recovering from his exertions.
He added: “Now I’m back I feel refreshed and could do it again tomorrow. But my wife Lesley tells me that if I do it again then we’ll get a divorce!”
Mr Young has his own film company Podfilms and works for global brands like Lacoste and Speed.
His challenge has raised £500 so far and donations are welcome at www.justgiving.com/littlemia.
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