One the UK’s leading charities, Marie Curie Cancer Care, is offering 25 riders the chance of a lifetime: an opportunity to ride stage one of the Tour de France just ahead of the pros.
The select group will be able to ride through the crowds of hundreds of thousands of massed spectators expected to turn out to watch Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and the rest of the peloton as they start their 2,200-mile journey on 5 July.
To take part in the 190km event – which will be supported by NEG outriders – participants will need to raise or pledge £19,000, which will fund a Marie Curie nurse for a year.
Marie Curie’s chief executive, Dr Jane Collins, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a very select group of people to take on one of the biggest challenges of their lives, as well as raising an amazing amount of money to help support the work of our Marie Curie nurses.
“This challenge is not for the faint-hearted, but we’re calling on cyclists to take on this very exclusive challenge before all the places are gone.”
Besides riding through the festival crowds, riders will also have front row seats at the team presentation in Leeds, overnight accommodation during the Grand Départ weekend, and will be able to enjoy a reunion three weeks later at the race finale in Paris. Participants will also have their name or company logo on the uniform of the nurse they have helped fund.
Places are available on a first come first serve basis, but Marie Curie has urged that riders get fit for the challenge and are able to ride at 18mph or above for six to seven hours.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, Gary Verity, said: “It is great to have a UK charity partner for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France and particularly one which is so close to my heart. Marie Curie’s activity and initiatives in the run up to the Grand Départ will raise much needed funds for people coping with cancer and make a difference to thousands of lives.”
For more information and to sign up visit the Marie Curie Power Peloton itinerary page.