Last week (29th July to 3rd August 2019) Paul Dransfield and Lee Newsham of PDR joined a team of cyclists riding from Oslo to Stavanger covering over 300 miles and over 20,000 feet of vertical climbing during 5 gruelling days in the rain and cold (and one day of sunshine!) in the Norwegian mountains. That is higher than riding up Mount Kilimanjaro from sea level.
Riding for an hour at between 9% and 10% gradients was not uncommon and the 2019 edition of the Tour of Europe has certainly been the toughest – and that includes coming over the Alps in 2014 which had less vertical climbing than this year! We have posted a few photos from this year’s tour below and there are many more to be found on our Twitter page @pdr_team if you want to know more about how we got on.
The reasons for putting ourselves through the above are simple: –
As many of you will now know, Tour of Europe organiser and Paul’s brother Mark Dransfield sadly lost his wife Debs to cancer in January this year after being very ill throughout 2018, and so this year’s ride has some special poignancy and half of our fundraising will go to Action Against Cancer in Debs memory.
We also continue to support Jamie Loncaster’s Memorial Fund at Cardiac Risk in the Young which provides free heart screenings for young people looking for undiagnosed heart conditions that are usually fully treatable if known about. Jamie died tragically and suddenly from severe myocarditis in 2015. Jamie was 13 and the youngest son of our former PDR colleague Graham, who has recently re-joined us to assist with our Social Media. Jamie’s fund has already paid for over a thousand young people to be screened.