LODSWORTH’S Ed Gore Browne set off on an epic adventure last week.
He will attempt to complete a 700-mile cycle ride from his home, all the way to the Tour de France mountains at Mont Ventoux.
The challenge is in aid of the charity Dreams Come True, which helps terminally and seriously ill children to fulfil their dreams.
He aims to reach the summit on May 28, spending up to seven hours a day in the saddle.
Ed hopes to raise £10,000, and has already raised enough money for two children to realise their dreams.
They were seven-year-old David, from Northern Ireland, who got to meet his WWE wrestling heroes, and seven-year-old Leo, from Leicester, who is receiving a sports wheelchair to give him extra mobility.
But he wants to raise enough money to help at least two more children fulfil their dreams.
“For years, I have dreamed of riding Ventoux, and being able to do it starting from our home in Sussex really is my dream ride,” he said.
“When I sat down to think about who I could raise money for, it took about ten seconds to realise that aligning the fulfilment of my dream with the fulfilment of the dreams of terminally and seriously ill children was perfect.”
Ed is cycling solo, carrying everything he needs for the 12 days with him.
Burning on average 6,000 calories a day, he needs lots of nutrition and water to stay hydrated, along with clothes and mechanical gear.
And the difference between his ride and the Tour de France is he is riding without the support vehicles and crew.
In training he has ridden over 1,700 miles since the start of the year. He has been out on the roads of Sussex and Surrey since the end of March, riding about 140 miles a weekend.
To find out more about Ed’s adventure and to donate to Dreams Come True, go to Ed’s fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/mydreamride