This is a ride Steve Norman and Shane Johnston are doing in June from Venice to Topsham for the Force Cancer charity in Exeter.
The Ride is the route in reverse that two cyclist’s (Nello Ghezzo and Marc Millon) did in 1997 to raise money for Cancer Research, (read their daily diary at http://www.rideforlife.org.uk/diary.html ). Sadly the following year Nello passed away with cancer, so in his memory Marc and a few friends started the Force Century Cycle Challenge (which was their training route around Exmoor) and has now grown every year, with this year 1,500 cyclists taking part, making it Force’s main fundraising event of the year.
They plan to fly out to Venice on Sunday 8th June, and then start the epic 1,150 mile challenge on Monday 9th which will include two of the toughest climbs over the Alps, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’ Huez, and then return to complete this year’s Century Challenge now known as the “Nello” on Sunday 29th June.
We’ve been out training a few times now. For details of what we’ve been up to, along with links to GPS files of our rides, please see our training page
Photos of our rides and what we’re up to are on this site and also our flick page (click on any of the photos in the flickr section on the right hand side for the link)