A wheely hard Alps challenge

Postman Andrew Leckenby is doing a 1,000 mile cycle ride through France to raise money for Sighthounds Online, a greyhound rescue charity. (d22051241)
Postman Andrew Leckenby is doing a 1,000 mile cycle ride through France to raise money for Sighthounds Online, a greyhound rescue charity. (d22051241)
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POSTIE Andrew Leckenby will be swapping his rounds on the streets of Spen for the mountains of France when he embarks on a 1,000 mile charity cycle ride.

Andrew, of Hunsworth Lane, took up cycling in September to try to shed a few pounds. Now three stones lighter, he is ready to tackle some of the peaks which feature on the Tour de France. He will be raising money for a greyhound rescue charity Sighthounds Online Emergency Kennel Fund

Andrew, who has three rescued greyhounds, said: “Since buying the bicycle, I’ve gone from 109kg to 89kg, and the goal that kept me going was to complete a long race for charity.

“In July I will be setting off from Valence in the South of France and cycling into the Vercors before heading over famous Tour de France Alpine climbs like the Alpe d’Huez, Col d’Izoard and the highest paved road in France the Col de Bonnet.

“After tackling the Alps I plan to head west through the Verdon Gorge and over Mount Ventoux before heading into the Pyrenees to attempt climbs such as the Peyresourde and Tourmalet. All being well my journey will end three weeks, 1,000 miles later in Lourdes, having climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest three times over.

“I will be undertaking this ride solo with no back-up, carrying all my own equipment and supplies. I am getting anxious as it gets nearer, but also really looking forward to this adventure.”

Donations can be made through https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/1000miles.