Following the launch of the "On The Road" charity campaign in April this year, the final list of cyclists brave enough to take part has been confirmed.
The "On The Road to Alp D'Huez" challenge will see a group of local businessmen tackle five of the toughest stages of the Tour De France in September, covering 650km over the course of five days. The event is part of an ambitious new campaign to raise £1million for The Christie charity and purchase a new mobile chemotherapy units for the North West region.
13 business leaders have confirmed their involvement. They are: Peter Oakes and James Bilham of law firm Hill Dickinson, Derek Hatton, a former Liverpool politician, Robert White from Micro-P, Lee-J Walker of The Business Desk, Richard Hughes from Zeus Capital, Rob Palin from RBS, Mike Bailey from Knutsford IT, Mike Wright from MWi Forensic Risk Consultants, Stuart Knox from T.A. Knox and Imran Hakim of Hakim Group. The team is being spearheaded by Rob Cotton, CEO of NCC Group, and Mike Perls, CEO of MC2.
Since its launch, momentum around the campaign has grown, with supporters taking on additional challenges. Mike Mesrie of MDM Consulting is taking part in La Marmotte, a French cyclosportive covering 174km, while MC2 client Pochin has also committed to donate to the campaign, with a team of 12 tackling the Anglesey Assault. This involves a climb to the summit of Snowdon, followed by 76 miles of cycling and nine miles of kayaking.
Rob Cotton said: "The On The Road campaign is a tough physical challenge, so we really need to commit to training over the coming months."
"I'm proud of all of the men that have signed up and are willing to put themselves through this in the name of charity. The whole experience looks set to be a tremendous test on our bodies and our stamina, but as this is a cause close to so many people's hearts I have every confidence we'll make it through to the end."