North Derbyshire businessmen Craig Lynch, Kieron Salt, Kevin Raine and Martin Grayson are attempting to conquer three of the toughest Alpine climbs during the climax of the Tour de France for charity.
The fab four including Craig Lynch, of Brampton Manor, Chesterfield, aim to raise money for the nominated charity of the widow of their old friend Dave Robinson of Brampton who passed away suddenly last year.
Having raised money for local charities in previous years including over £2,000 for Ashgate Hospice in 2013 by climbing the notorious Mount Ventoux twice in 24 hours, this year’s beneficiary is Ashgate Croft School. The friends will attempt the Col de la Madeleine, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez on consecutive days culminating near the end of July as this year’s Tour de France riders attack the famous Galibier and d’Huez climbs on July 25.
The Col du Telegraph, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez are scheduled to feature in the Tour de France during Stage 20 of the race on July 25.
Galibier is famous for its unforgiving mountainous terrain at the summit which reaches gruelling gradients of around 12 per cent.
Alpe d’Huez has featured in the tour many times since its introduction in the 1950s and its 21 hairpin bends and race history have made it an iconic cycling location.
The appeal’s fundraising efforts were launched at this year’s Annual Hogroast Music Festival at The Manor @Brampton - an event that has been raising funds for charities for eleven years and has become a fixture on the town’s calendar.
Craig Lynch, owner of Brampton Manor, said: “This will be a very special fundraising ride for me as Dave was a personal friend. A lot of people who knew Dave visited us at The Hogroast Festival to show their support and we put on a great fun day for the community. This year’s line up of bands included Crackin Right Foot, Saxy, Shambles, and The Offenders.”
To donate please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/ashgatecroftschoolpsfassociation.