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Congleton worker prepares for charity cycle ascent

A Congleton worker is to bike more than 335 kilometres up hills rising 6,300 metres to raise money for a children's hospice in his his home city.

Tim Dean, 40, will be following in the tyre tracks of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky colleagues Mark Cavendish and Christopher Froome as he takes on the Alpine Challenge.

He hopes his efforts will raise £1,000 for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust, in Stoke-on-Trent, and spur him on to complete the challenge.

Tim, from Stanley, will be tackling mountain ascents such as the Col des Aravis, Col de la Croix Fry and the Col de la Cluze, which have all featured on the Tour de France.

The race covers three days from September 6 to 8 when riders will be covering up to 120km a day.

Tim said: "I first saw the race featured on Eurosport and decided to have a go. I have helped to raise money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice before so wanted to do this ride for everyone there because it is such a worthwhile local charity."The planning and development consultant has been training for more than six months, putting in about 15 hours a week.

Tim, who works for Gladman Developments, in Alexandria Way, in Congleton, said: "There are plenty of hills in Staffordshire and Derbyshire to prepare for the Alps and I've been regularly racing up Gun Hill, Cat and Fiddle and the Killer Mile at Mow Cop. I have been training now for six months, but it is a really gruelling race with the climbs which are very tough."

Vekta Velosport, at the Railway Enterprise Park, in Shelton New Road, in Stoke-on-Trent, has provided Tim with a carbon fibre British-made and designed bike as well as specialist technical support and advice covering nutrition and training.

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