James gears up for 100-mile bike ride

PUBLISHED: 16:41 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

Bike ride from Cambridge to Monaco.
Newport.
June 10, 2008.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: James with his bike and advertising logo on his car.
Name: James Lloyd.

Bike ride from Cambridge to Monaco. Newport. June 10, 2008. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: James with his bike and advertising logo on his car. Name: James Lloyd.

THE highest mountain pass in Europe and 1000 hard miles are all that stand between a cyclist and his mission to raise a huge amount of money for charity. Amateur bike-rider James Lloyd, from Cherry Garden Lane, Newport, will tackle the toughest climbs the

THE highest mountain pass in Europe and 1000 hard miles are all that stand between a cyclist and his mission to raise a huge amount of money for charity.

Amateur bike-rider James Lloyd, from Cherry Garden Lane, Newport, will tackle the toughest climbs the Alps have to offer in an attempt to raise £10,000 for the Alzheimer's Society and Cancer Research UK.

Brave 40-year-old, Mr Lloyd, said: "It will be a huge challenge, but I'm looking forward to it immensely. Alzheimer's and cancer are both diseases that have affected my family and friends and I thought it was about time I did something to help."

Starting from Kings Parade in Cambridge at 9am on Saturday August 23 and finishing in Casino Square in Monaco on Thursday September 4, Mr Lloyd will hope to ride the 1000-mile trip in just 11 days.

The toughest obstacle in the cyclist's path is the Col de l'iseran - the highest paved road mountain pass in the French Alps.

The epic 2770-metre climb has made several appearances in the Tour de France and has cracked even the hardest professional cyclists, but Mr Lloyd is confident he has got what it takes.

"Tackling the mountains will definitely be the biggest challenge and I'll be climbing almost 3000 metres in one day," he said. "I used to work as a ski guide in Val-d'Isere, so I'm looking forward to going back to the area.

"I'm hoping to ride about 120 miles a day and complete the journey from Cambridge to Monaco in less than two weeks. I think saddle sores could be a problem, but I've heard using Vaseline can help!"

Mr Lloyd, who works as an advertising manager, has persuaded his wife Anna to be his support crew and she will drive the route in a car, carrying his luggage and equipment. They will stay at hotels on route.

Having only started road riding in January, Mr Lloyd trains on his bike four or five times a week. On the weekends he will usually ride about 120 miles.

After the death of his cousin's wife from cancer in November and seeing the effects of Alzheimer's disease firsthand with his grandmother, Mr Lloyd is hoping to raise as much money as possible.

To find out more about the bike ride or to sponsor Mr Lloyd visit his website at www.cambridge2monaco.com.

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