Andy Wickham has emailed with information about a major charity ride he's undertaking this year. This is quite an undertaking!

Hi All,

This year I'm taking on a massive cycling challenge (with more climbing, and a longer distance than I've ever done before!)

In the summer of 2015, I will be doing the whole of the Tour de France route!! Thats 3,340kms in 21 stages.

Each stage will be ridden in the same format as the pro cyclists (although, I do admit that each day may take me slightly longer!)

To put it into some perspective, 15 of the 21 stages are equivalent to cycling from London to Bristol each day (165kms or even further), and then I will get up the next day and do it all over again...did I mention the mountains? I'll also be going up and over some of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees and French Alps, before finally finishing on the Champs Elysees in Paris. 

I think you can see that it will not be an easy task, so why am I doing this?

Its part of an organised event called "Tour de Force". I'm raising funds for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT), who provide money to charities based across the UK all with main aim of helping under privileged youngsters, encouraging them to become involved in Sport, Arts and Education - generally trying to keep them out of trouble, and give them a better start in life.

If you are able to help and donate, no matter how large or small, it would be much appreciated by me, and more importantly, the kids who are supported by the WWMT.(The event costs are being completely funded by me, and all donations go directly to the charity).

www.bmycharity.com/wickstdf2015

Thanks for taking the time to read my story

PS: For those who want to find out more, I'm also doing a blog and will be providing regular updates at www.wickstdf2015.blogspot.co.uk

Cheers

Andy