A CHEADLE man who has raised more than £24,000 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice is taking on another mammoth challenge to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
Duncan Cowans has set up a team of five cyclists, who will ride from the Arc de Triumph in Paris to Marble Arch starting on Sunday, May 26.
Training is already underway for the fantastic five, who are out clocking up the miles three times a week.
The team is made up of Duncan, Phil and Lee Boulton, Kalvin Amos and Tony Sanders, with Duncan’s wife and Alan Shenton providing support driving the van to Paris and co-ordinating the route and maps for the ride.
Duncan, who owns a hairdressing salon in Tape Street, Cheadle, said: “With it being the Ruby year for the Dougie Mac, we wanted to do something special.
“The idea was suggested by Kalvin, during a meeting we had a while back.
We saw it as starting where Bradley Wiggins left off when he won the Tour de France last year. We will be riding three quarters of the projected 300 mile course on the Sunday before reaching Marble Arch around midday on Tuesday.”
Duncan has organised two sponsored bike rides for the hospice, in memory of his mother Sheila who passed away after receiving care in 2006.
Liz Clarke, head of fund-raising for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, said: “We were delighted to hear about Duncan’s latest challenge, and wish him all the best.
“So many of our supporters are undertaking amazing fund-raisers to help celebrate our 40th Anniversary.”
If you fancy a challenge of a different kind of challenge, you can sign up for our Ruby Bike Ride on Sunday, May 19, with a choice of a 10 mile, 50 mile or 110 mile route. Log on to www.dougiemacevents.co.uk to register.