Alain Gordon-Seymour is getting ready for the Tour de France this summer.
He will not be a competitor, but he aims is cycle the 3,360km route around France in aid of PACT House, which provides accommodation for families whose children are being treated for cancer at the Children’s Hospital.
“From about the age of 12, I have been captivated by the mystique and romance of the Tour de France,” said Alain, aged 37, of Woodseats, who is a member of Rutland Cycling Club.
“My introduction began when our French teacher allowed us to watch The Tour during lessons. I’m not sure how this was meant to improve our French, but I can clearly remember being incredibly excited by the enormity of it all.”
Alain, a senior engineer for construction firm Balfour Beatty, has a target of 23 days – “the same time as the professional cyclists”.