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Local man rides all 21 stages of The Tour De France

Rich Maggs in Paris.

Rich Maggs in Paris.

Rich Maggs of Mells cycled up the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday 20th July having completed all 21 stages of the Tour de France route, seven days ahead of the professionals in the Tour de Force 2014.

Burning 7,000 calories a day, Rich rode 3,500 kilometers from Yorkshire down to London and across to France heading south to the coast.  Continuing along the Mediterranean coast into the Pyrenees and up into Paris.  The route was gruelling, as many of you will have seen on the television, and had two stages over 230 kilometers, five uphill finishes, a serious cobble stage and two stages in the Pyrenees.

The route tested all the cyclists as there was a six hour ride in torrential rain with the finish being a 14 mile climb up to the summit in the low cloud, broken spokes on the cobbles and a split tyre.

It had always been an ambition of Rich’s to participate in this event and he was delighted to pass the medical at the beginning of the year.  Although a keen cyclist having completed in a number of sportives over a couple of days, serious training commenced with daily rides, where possible, in excess of 100 miles.

Rich is delighted to have raised £4,430 for the William Wates Memorial Trust, which is the charity elected by the Tour de Force.  The Trust was set up to celebrate the life of William Wates (1977 to 1996) who was tragically killed when travelling in South America.

The Trust helps disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential, and stay away from a life of crime, using the mediums of sports, arts and education.

Rich said, “The Tour has been a fantastic journey that turned out to be better than I could ever have hoped.  I’d like to thank all the people who donated to this great charity as it made all the highs and lows of the ride worthwhile.”