Jim’s aiming to defeat the Marmotte

La Marmotte to be precise and its my ambition to pedal this classic French cyclosportive route not push! I already consider myself a cycling legend amongst the Garage Door Industry, not for my John O’Groats to Lands End ride in nine days last year, but because of the information I found time to post on my ride blog on the detailed state of my bowels. I’ll be at it again this year!

Jim and his trusty steed

I’m continuing the link to Alder Hey Childrens Hospital and will be hoping for support through sponsorship for this outstanding specialist hospital. I still struggle to contemplate what life would be like for families and their sick children without this beacon of healing and hope.

La Marmotte is a one-day event that uses some of the climbs used in the Tour de France. The route is 174 km (108 mi) long and features more than 5180 metres (17,000 feet) of climbing (imagine cycling to the top of Mont Blanc and still having another kilometer to go…) The event goes over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and finishes at the top of one the most famous Tour de France climbs, Alpe d’Huez.
La Marmotte
The event takes place on July 2nd 2011 and I’m already in training. Although considerably shorter than the 1000+ miles of last years challenge, the chances of failure are higher – events don’t get much tougher than this. Why not sponsor me just for competing but add a finish line bonus to help me dig deep and motivate myself to cross the line. It’s a great cause and deserves support – you can sponsor online via http://www.justgiving.com/Jim-Rodger.

You’ll also see an update on Emily Atkins, the young girl treated at Alder Hey’s renal unit, which started this whole cycling madness.

Make sure you look out for my blog, back for another round of pedal turning exploits – I’ll try and spare the stomach turning details this time around…

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