Two deputy headteachers at Selston High School are attempting to complete 2,2278 miles of the Tour De France course in a faster time than the professionals.
Work pals Chris Ridley and Steve Taylor have been inspired by Britain’s cycling giants Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and are aiming to raise an enormous £50,000 for two charities, the Daisy Garland Trust and MIND.
Mr Taylor said: “Most people recognise that ‘Le Tour’ is probably the hardest sporting challenge on the planet. To attempt part of it as amateurs is regarded as insanity by many but we have faith in each other and a desire to support two fantastic causes which are close to our hearts. So God willing we are going to succeed,” he added.
The pair’s remarkable journey will take them into five countries, with three stages in the UK, then Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain before finishing on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
It will involve cycling for up to nine hours every day for 20 days, making their challenge more difficult than that of the professionals because they are attempting it in fewer days.
Selston High School Headteacher Kevin Gaiderman said: “Anyone doubting their ambitions should think twice. They are exceptional people with big hearts and I fully expect them to triumph against adversity”.
To support Chris and Steve visit www.justgiving.combigjobtdf2014, or ring the school on 01773-810321.
The Tour De France is a 21 day stage race held annually in July.