Yes. It is official.
Mark of the Mountains works here.
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.
Luckily some unnamed French legend sorted him out and after 7 hours pedaling, Mark took on the big, bad Tourmalet...
And won.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 racing buddies).
Truly awe inspiring stuff.
Mark will be pleased to know he suffered no chafing injuries
whatsoever and is now available for after dinner speeches and
puncture repair lessons.