In recent years the LDC team have build an astonishing pedigree, not just in private equity, but also in their madcap road cycling events. Lands End to John O’Groats to raise £180,000 for charity and the subsequent 270 miles from London to Paris (which raised £10,000) in under 24 hours is huge ambition for any athlete, let alone office dwelling MAMILS (middle aged men in lycra)… and women, lets not be sexist, but the acronym doesn’t work with a W!
This year LDC has gone major league.
At the end of July and alongside 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre, LDC are entering the Trois Etapes, a grueling 3-day Alpine pro-am stage race that includes the legendary Alpe D’Huez.
In the heart of the French Alps, these legendary climbs have been the graveyard of dreams for many Tour de France riders. But for those who have the tenacity, like Carlos Sastre, they have decided the champions from the peloton… and ultimately the Tour winner.
The LDC team, supported by both A-GAS and Matrix, is therefore delighted to be supporting the Walking with the Wounded Cycle Team in the forcoming Trois Etapes.
Don MacLean (@Don_Maclean) and Rab Smedley from WWTW are recently back from an incredible 8-day cycle race across the USA and so will be expected to tow the rest of the team over the Alps! Joining them will be Craig Preece, another Afghanistan veteran and member of the Team True Spirit group of injured servicemen. Simon Oldfield, a very keen cyclist and FD of Matrix will join LDC’s own Pete Latham and myself Mark Beaumont as we battle the other nine teams across the Alps.
Please do support our efforts by giving generously to WWTW JustGiving page, thank you. The big dream of all Trois Etapes teams is to raise £1 million for the charities involved. A fantastic undertaking.
You can keep track of the event as it unfolds through the twitter feeds @Supportthewalk @LDCPE @MrMarkBeaumont and @Cosaveli using the hashtags #5990 #Troisetapes. The highlights will also be televised on Eurosport at 17:45 on Sunday 19th August.
Time for me to stop typing and to get on my bike!
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