Hiscox Mont Ventoux challenge team paved the way for the professionals last weekend as they completed Stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France, one day ahead of Chris Froome and the peleton. Sarah Faulkner, Broker Marketing Manager for Hiscox UK, tells the tale of how their climb to the summit has raised £35,000, and counting, for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research...
On Saturday, 13th July, 34 cycling enthusiasts from Hiscox UK and our Preferred Broker partners undertook the ambitious Hiscox Mont Ventoux challenge, tackling stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France the day before the professionals and finishing at the top of the iconic Mont Ventoux, the 'giant of Provence'. The team was cycling to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
It was an early start on the morning of the challenge, with riders meeting at 6am for breakfast (though many were up from 5am, fettling) before setting off in groups at 6.30am from their starting point in Givors. The 242 kilometre route involved a total climb of 1,758 metres to the summit of Mont Ventoux, in temperatures over 30 degrees; our cyclists had to drink over ten litres of water each to combat the high temperatures.
Most of the cyclists spent over 12 hours in the saddle, burning over 10,000 calories in the process! Riders averaged a speed of 18 miles per hour in the 135 miles from Givors to the bottom of Mont Ventoux, before starting the punishing climb to the top of the ‘giant of Provence’ where the lunar landscape revealed itself. In total, 26 of the riders made it to the summit of Mont Ventoux– an incredible achievement considering the temperature and climb involved.
See more photos taken by the team’s official photographer, Martin Holden of Inspire Risk Management.
The coverage of Chris Froome’s win on Mont Ventoux to take stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France highlighted just how tough this route is. For the Hiscox Mont Ventoux challenge team to put in such an exceptional performance tackling the ‘beast of Provence’ the day before the professionals, truly shows the scale of this challenge and achievement of our team, so please consider supporting them if you haven’t already done so.
All donations are much appreciated as we hope to meet our £75,000 target for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The team’s JustGiving page is still open and can be accessed here.
You can also bid to get your hands on a framed cycling jersey, signed by British Olympic cyclists including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. Place your bid here now!