David Bott will fly to France on Wednesday and cycle part of the Tour de France route for charity.
Before David headed away we caught up with him and asked him a few questions.
Tell us about your trip this week and what it involves?
I’m really looking forward to the whole experience. I fly out on Wednesday but there is little time to relax as we’ll be straight on our bikes that very day.
Thursday and Friday is pretty much the same and we are booked to fly back on Saturday.
Overall we’ll be cycling about 300km while out there and going up some very challenging hills.
The pressure is on straight away and we will be cycling around Mont Ventoux and going up Mont Ventoux from the Bedoin side on the Friday.
There are 3 ways up Mont Ventoux and the Bedoin side is the hard side and the one used in the Tour de France.
It’s certainly exciting but we do realise how tough it is going to be.
How much training and preparation have you had to do?
I started training properly in March because the weather was pretty poor prior to that. When I sat down and worked out exactly what I had done I think it was something like 1,246miles on the bike and 86,826 feet climbed. Will it be enough to see me through? I hope so, but we will find out soon enough.
What has made you want to take this challenge on?
I bought a bike in March 2013 and was inspired to get one by the members of Bott Cycle Team. I thoroughly enjoyed it and decided that this challenge would be a good way to raise money for charity as well as having a goal to aim for and to keep me training and fit away from work.
Who are you cycling with?
Other solicitors (Irwin Mitchell, Michael Halsall, Garwyns), medical agency Premex, Insurers Aviva, Brokers BGL group and Consumer Marketing National Accident Helpline. There is 10 of us and all together and it is organised by Premex.
What charities are you hoping to help?
The two charities I am cycling on behalf of are the Spinal Injuries Association and Cancer Research. If you can, please donate.