Welcome to Le Jour de France 2015! Continuing our tradition of biting off more than we can chew, we seven fools have decided to rip our own legs off on one of cycling’s most notorious mountains, a true bête noir, Mont Ventoux, on Sunday 12 July.
Unlike previous years where the route has been fixed and our challenge is to complete it—whether inside of 24 hours or simply at all—this year’s event disregards ability and just keeps piling on the misery.
We’ll be chasing the rewards offered by the Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux, but we’ll be going further. If you pledge your support for each ascent we manage, we’ll be compelled to keep slugging our way up le Géant de Provence. Any successful climb that starts before midnight counts towards the team total (currently predicted to be 31 climbs), and you surely need little imagination to contemplate the unattractiveness of facing yet another gruelling 1600m climb when it’s cold and dark and the legs have nothing left.
You can help drive that misery. You can help destroy our legs. And in so doing, you’ll be helping to fund the incredibly important work of Amnesty.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for updates on the day (and, of course, before and after), and we’ll try to bring you one or two things to read on here as well, including an introduction to the team.
On behalf of Amnesty, but most certainly not on behalf of our legs, thanks for your support.