Never before has there been so many charity cycles taking place as there are at present. Every weekend up and down the country there is an event on somewhere raising funds for some great charities.
There are also a number of multi day events that extend the challenge element even further.
The ultimate charity cycle in more ways than one seems to be The Trois Etapes.
With the aim of raising millions of euros for charity it stretches the fundraising boundaries. It also stretches the abilities of the riders with three Alpine stages.
The experience seems to replicate that of being a professional for three days. Each team of eight has a professional team leader like former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre, and a fully logo-ed up team support car. Each rider has a race radio and has to sign on up on a podium on a glass sign on billboard each day, just like the Tour de France itself. It is even featured on Eurosport with an hour long programme about the event each year.
This year Andrew McQuaids’ Trinity Sports Management, who represent Nicholas Roche, Sam Bennett, Taylor Phinney, Philip Deignan and many other top pro cyclists are helping The Davis Phinney Foundation who have a team in the event. They still have a few places left on the team. If anyone is interested you can give Jamie Barlow a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org
As Jamie says “The Trois Etapes is a rare opportunity for amateur riders to race together with current pro’s while raising money for some of the most important charities. It is a unique event that makes each rider feel like they are part of a pro tour team, which is something most of us dreamed about, but only a small gifted minority can experience. This is the equivalent of a kick about with Ronaldo or an opportunity to hit with Roger Federer. For a person passionate about cycling and raising funds for the less fortunate this event is second to none and will be the pinnacle cycling experience for most who take part”
Just to whet your appetite here is last years event on Eurosport