A SPORTSMAN from Watnall is cycling 284 miles to Paris to raise money for Christian Aid.
Pete Campbell said he wanted a big sporting challenge and has always longed to see the Tour De France, so thought he would combine the two.
The 34-year-old said he chose Christian Aid, which works to combat worldwide poverty, because it was a ‘worthwhile cause’.
“It’s a good charity to raise money for because it goes straight to source and doesn’t get diluted in anyway,” he said.
The ex-footballer has to raise £1,300 and is ebaying furniture and upholstery sold at his family business as well as drumming up sponsors.
“Anything lying around that hasn’t gone out the door over the last year or so I’ve been ebaying,” he said.
Pete, of Cirrus Drive, said he decided to take up cycling to stop him becoming a ‘coach potato’ after he quit football after 25 years this summer.
Despite being used to keeping fit, he said his biggest challenge would be getting out on his bike over the winter to train for the challenge next July.
“Motivation is the biggest challenge for me.
“I’m no stranger to training and keeping fit, but my biggest challenge is going to be getting motivated to go and jump on my bike in the freezing cold and go out on dark nights.
“I have a plan in place to do five to six Sportives before the London to Paris ride and they all range from 70 to 100 miles.
“I have the first one pencilled in for March 23 so I need to make sure I keep putting miles in the legs this winter!,” he added.
Pete will be cycling with a group of 60 others, organised by Christian Aid, over four days.
He will finish his challenge at the Eiffel Tower on the Saturday and the following day will watch the Tour De France.
If anybody has anything Pete can auction on ebay to add to his total, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can also donate directly to his Virgin Giving page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fatbobfilms.
For more information on the bike ride itself visit christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/events/cycling/london-paris.