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Former Holyrood pupil cycles 450 miles in Pyrenees
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Chard
FORMER Holyrood School student Chris Medland has raised almost £4,500 for charity on a cycling challenge in the Pyrenees.
Chris, 24, whose family live in Horton near Ilminster, pedalled 450 miles over six days last month in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, taking on some of the toughest Tour de France climbs in the process.
The challenge saw him climb over 14,000m of vertical ascent, including two which the Tour de France lists as ‘out of category’.
The marathon challenge started on the Atlantic coast in Hendaye, south of Biarritz and ended on the Mediterranean coast at Argeles-sur-Mer, often taking in three or even four big climbs each day.
Chris said: “It was by far the toughest thing I’ve done physically. “I had flu building up to the ride and didn’t manage to shake it off before flying out, so I was pretty low on energy on the first two days.
“By the final day though I was much stronger and almost enjoyed it.
“I’m just not a cyclist – I bought a road bike for the first time solely for this ride and did it in trainers while everyone else was on very expensive pieces of kit using cleats.”
Chris, who lives and works as a Formula One journalist for ESPN in London, took on the challenge after his mother, Jackie, was diagnosed with cancer for a third time early in 2011, while a close friend lost her mother to cancer soon after.
He added: “My whole family helped with plenty of fundraising in Somerset and were able to come and see me on the final two days of the ride.
“The support I’ve had from people in and around Horton has been incredible, so thank you to everyone who’s been involved. I’m glad the training and the ride are over but the fundraising doesn’t finish until November so I’m hoping to reach £5,000 if possible, which would be a great way to round it all off.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/chrismedland
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