On Saturday 8th September, Mat Beecham will be cycling 280 miles from London to Paris! The London to Paris route is a popular event that is normally completed over 3 or 4 days. However, to challenge himself, and hopefully encourage more donations, Mat is aiming to complete this in under 24 hours!
Mat’s previous cycling challenges include London to Brussels in 24 hours and also Mont Ventoux, the infamous mountain climb, which has formed part of a number of Tour de France stages over the years. As a result of taking part in previous extreme challenges over the past few years, Mat is under no illusions as to how tough this is going to be:
‘When I completed the London to Brussels in 24 hours event a few years ago I completely dedicated 4-6 months to train for the event, the rest of my life was put on hold and I was pretty much a broken man to the point of complete physical exhaustion! It was worth it in the end as I completed it in 16 hours. I am worried about this event as it is 40 miles further to cycle (in the same time) and I am a few years older aswell! Particularly dreading the hours I will need to spend on the bike getting fit for the event. No pain, no gain though!’
Mat is cycling in memory of his friend Rhys Parker, who sadly lost his fight against lupus and passed away in September 2013, aged just 36.
If you can support Mat, you can make a donation via his JustGiving Page!
Good luck Mat!