James Walton takes on Le Loop
Please support James as he embarks on an epic cycling challenge to raise money for Tonic.
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I'm taking on an epic cycling challenge: Le Loop
Le Loop follows the official route of the Tour de France, one week ahead of the professionals, and finishes 21 stages later in Paris, some 3,400km later on Sunday 17th July.
On Friday 24th June 2022, I will be one of around 50 riders who will gather in Copenhagen for the 'Grand Depart' of what is the biggest physical and mental challenge I have ever attempted. To put it into perspective, 5 times Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault has been quoted as saying:
“An amateur should think long and hard before attempting one of these stages, 2 would probably necessitate a visit to a doctor, 3 would require a psychiatrist – any more and you should be checking that person has written a will.”
Mad? Probably, but I am really looking forward to it and it’s for a really great cause.
All monies raised go towards the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT), whose mission is to help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence and fulfil their potential. This is achieved by giving grants to charities that engage young people through the medium of sports, arts and education.
I am delighted that WWMT are also supporting my charity of choice, Tonic Music for Mental Health, with a £2,000 grant as a result of my participation. Having experienced mental health challenges myself, I really appreciate great organisations such as Tonic who are helping break the stigma and making it easier to reach out and talk. I thank WWMT for its support.
It has been a tough couple of years for young people and for charities supporting them. This is my chance to give something back and help support young people who aren't lucky enough to enjoy the advantages in life that most of us take for granted.
Le Loop is no small undertaking. Riding even ONE stage of the Tour de France route is going to hurt! Please reward my pain by giving generously.