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TNT’s Dave Richards takes on Raid Pyrenees

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Dave Richards takes on Raid Pyrenees challenge in support of Wooden Spoon.

Dave Richards from TNT recently took on the Raid Pyrenees Challenge to raise funds for Wooden Spoon. A famous cycling challenge the Raid Pyrenees sees riders start from the town of Hendaye on the Atlantic coast and cross the Pyrenees, to arrive six days later at the Mediterranean coastal town of Cerbere. The journey takes the rider through stunning mountainous terrain across 18 cols with the shortest route totaling 720km! All this within a strict cut-off for the challenge of 100 hours (4.5 days of riding)!

Dave said of the challenge:

“Every day was tough, both mentally and physically challenging! Each morning we came out from our evenings hotel and started to climb mountains with the descending being just as tough as the climb – on day three I had to have new brake pads fitted as they were totally worn already.

“The most memorable day of the challenge was day three, the ride took in Col du Tourmalet, Col de Aspin and Col de Peyresourde. The Col du Tourmalet was a hors catégorie (HC) – a French term used in stage bicycle races to designate a climb that is “beyond categorisation”. The HC climb is the most difficult type of climb in a race and is more demanding than Category 1 and 2 climbs but the toughest day was the fifth for me. This particular day was a 134km ride with 3,500m of ascent! Just as we reached the top of Port de Pailheres the heavens opened with thunder, lightning, rain and sleet… yes sleet! This as you can imagine led to a long cold descend to the hotel.

TNT Dave Richards on Raid Pyrenees challenge

Day six and challenge completed and celebrated with a quick dip in the ocean.

“I completed the challenge on day six with a well deserved dip in the ocean and it’s funny how the littlest of things give you the greatest of pleasure and you can see that on my face at the end of the ride!

Dave’s fundraising for Wooden Spoon has been amazing, and thanks to support from friends and colleagues at TNT, donations keep coming in while he was carrying out the ride which helped provide Dave with an extra boost during the challenge. Fundraising hasn’t quite finished and following the combination of an online fundraising page, a raffle and sponsorship direct from TNT hubs it looks like Dave’s total will be more than £3,000 for Wooden Spoon. The money raised will make a difference to life-changing projects across the UK & Ireland supporting children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage.”

Fancy taking on a gruelling team event, personal challenge or trying your hand at cooking up a storm, to help raise vital funds for children with disabilities or facing disadvantage? If so, we can help pick the perfect charity challenge for you. Contact us on charity@woodenspoon.org.uk