Alpine adventure

Forfar podiatrist David Cashley is tackling the heights of the Alps on his push bike to raise money for the children’s charity Get Kids Going.

David is taking part in the annual amateur stage of the Tour De France which follows the exact same route as stage 19 of the professional race.

David said: “It’s every cyclists ambition to take part in this event, and to raise money for such a good cause made it a challenge I couldn’t refuse. The course will take me over some of the greatest climbs in cycling history and will push me to my absolute limit.”

The race takes place on Monday, July 11 and the route includes three mountains totalling over 11500ft of climbing. The first mountain rises 3300ft to Col de Telegraph, then there is a short descent before another 10 mile long climb up the mountain of Galibier, some 8000ft above sea level.

Then begins the most spectacular descent, zig zagging down the face of Galibier and speeding to the foot of the legendary Alpe d’Huez. Here, the most famous climb in the history of the Tour de France begins with its succession of 21 hairpin bends climbing a height of 3600ft over

nine miles with no flat and sections as steep as 12%. The route is 68 miles long and will make for a gruelling day in the saddle.

David said: “I have been training hard for this event, putting in long days on my bike and looking to climb as many hills as possible including The Devil’s Elbow and Cairn O’ Mount, but nothing locally can really prepare you for the 10 mile-long climbs of Alpine mountains so I will just have to hope that my legs hold out on the day.”

Get Kids Going is a national charity that provides children with specially built sports wheelchairs to enable them to take part in a variety of different sports. The charity also provides ‘sports grants’ to help with training, physiotherapy, travel and competition fees.