David Bott, Senior Partner at Bott and Co Solicitors is one of 10 keen cyclists from the legal and personal accident profession who’ll be tackling Mont Ventoux in Southern France on 27 June 2014.
The 10-strong team will cycle to the 6700ft summit to raise money for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.
David’s Mont Ventoux training began in March 2014. Since then, he has cycled over 1000 miles, in all weather conditions, on some of most challenging road routes, ascents and descents in the Peak District and Cornwall.
If you add up the total number of ascents in his training log, David has climbed a very impressive 70,200ft over 20 training sessions – over twice the height of Mount Everest (29,035ft).
On 26 May, David completed the Polkadot Challenge, cycling a 100 mile route through three counties; Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire on tough and challenging roads with an overall elevation of 10,436ft.
Commenting on the Polkadot Challenge, David said; “We had some appalling conditions on the day; it was raining, windy and incredibly cold. The first 10 miles felt totally morale-busting. At the 50 mile stop I felt like hypothermia was kicking in and the finish line was looking doubtful.”
David completed the 100 mile route in nine hours and ultimately declared his experience as a “complete morale-booster” despite feeling like he’d spent seven of the nine hours trying to stay warm.
David took up cycling a little over a year ago in March 2013 having decided to hang up his running shoes. He says he finds the whole cycling experience very inspiring; “cycling crosses all generations and it’s something everybody can do and something I can look forward to doing until I am a craggy old man.”
Four months into his intense and high-mileage training, David says the most enjoyable part of cycling is the sense of achievement and the “super aspirated” feeling he gets after a long cycle ride.
Of vital importance to David is the matter of safety. Reflecting on his hours of training, David says he fully understands the urge to go very fast on the downhill, especially having worked so hard on the climb. His advice for every cyclist; amateur or professional, is look ahead, see the dangers and ride on the basis that you haven’t been seen.
More from David Bott in two weeks’ time as he prepares to take the Mont Ventoux Challenge.