On Yer Bike! StreetwiseSubbie Director Completes 6-Day Cycle Ride And Raises Cash For Grandson’s Charity


On the final kilometres of Alpe d’Huez


On the higher reaches of the Col du Galibier

When StreetwiseSubbie director, Geoff Noake, reached his 60th birthday earlier this year, he wanted to do something special to celebrate it in the most memorable way possible. As a long-time cyclist and keen cycle racing fan, Geoff decided that a week-long cycling holiday in the Alps would be the perfect break and that he would attempt to ride up some of the most famous mountains of the Tour de France.

His 6 day ride took him from Cuneo in the Southern Alps, to the summit of Alpe d’Huez in the north and on the way he successfully cycled over 8 major alpine summits. These included the Col de I’zoard, the Col de la Bonette, which boasts the highest through road in Europe and that ‘Giant of the Alps’, the Col du Galibier. Geoff completed his ‘Tour’ with the Col de la Croix de Fer , followed by a 20 mile descent and an 8 mile ride to the summit of the most famous of them all, Alpe d’Huez.

Over the course of the week, Geoff cycled, on average, 45 miles a day – over 260 miles in total – with around 38,000 feet of climbing on roads averaging 6% and 7% gradients, but with long sections that ramped up to 9% and 10% to provide hard and sustained cycling for mile after mile. On Alpe d’Huez, the sun beat down and the road rose to 13% in places, just to add that extra bit of fun!

This was a ‘holiday’, not a charity ride, but Geoff’s youngest grandson, Max (2), has a rare skin condition called Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN for short) which is basically large moles or birthmarks on the skin. These can cover up to 80% of a baby’s body, are highly volatile and often life threatening, so he opened a Just Giving page to raise what he could for “Caring Matters Now”. This is a small charity that supports children and families with CMN, so, if you think his efforts are worth a small donation, then you can find it at www.justgiving.com/Geoff-Noake. You can find out more about CMN at www.caringmattersnow.co.uk

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