Yes. It is
Mark of the
Mountains works here.
After months of training, bad B&Bs and countless missed social engagements, on 18th July,
Mark got up at 4am to join 10,000 other riders in taking on on the
Etape leg of the Tour de France.
The first 80km
passed in a blur, followed by two very steep mountains, Marie
Blanque and Soulor at which point, temperatures hit 36C and Mark
had a bike chain failure.
unnamed French legend sorted him out and after 7 hours pedaling,
Mark took on the big, bad Tourmalet...
In Mark’s own words
‘It was carnage up there. People were
passing out on the side, grown men were crying with exhaustion and
over 3100 riders didn't finish'.
However, after the
toughest 2 hours of Mark’s 32 years, he made it to the top of the
Tourmalet, completing the race in 9 hours and 15 minutes (which
incidentally puts him in the top 30%).
Best of all, Mark and his team mates raised
over £60k for the Julian Starmer-Smith Lymphoma
Fund in memory of the brother of Charlie (one of Mark's fellow
Mark will be pleased to know he suffered no chafing injuries
whatsoever and is now available for after dinner speeches and
puncture repair lessons.