Fundraiser set to cycle entire Tour de France route for charity

Tom Fennerty, 30, an IT consultant, will cycle the entire distance of the Tour de France to raise money for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).

Tom Fennerty, 30, an IT consultant, will cycle the entire distance of the Tour de France to raise money for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).

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Gripped by Tour de France fever, scores of cyclists are saddling up to take on the Yorkshire part of the route this summer.

But one hopeful, Tom Fennerty, a 30-year-old IT consultant, is set to cycle the entire route of 2271.73 miles (3,656 km) – from the Grand Départ in Yorkshire to the Champs Elysées in Paris.

Tom, who is from Harrogate and now living in London, wants to complete the 101st Tour de France in the same length of time as the professionals – just 23 days.

Tom says he’s always kept up with the Tour de France and after a lot of consideration last year, he decided that, for 2014, it seemed “now or never”.

He is undertaking this challenge to raise money for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a gesture of support to his parents, Dr Beth Rimmer, of St. Luke’s Medical Practise, and Dr Tony Fennerty, of Harrogate District Hospital.

They are set to retire this year but intend to use their combined 80 years of experience in medicine working with communities in developing countries through VSO.

Tom previously cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2011, managing the trek of 874 miles (1,407 km) in ten days.

On his blog, where he has tracked his training, Tom completed his first 100-mile (160km) ride on April 26 which is the average distance of each stage of the race.

As training continues, Tom said: “Long distances are not as daunting and you’re less sore the next day.”

The first stage, Leeds to Harrogate, is 118.68 (191km) and runs from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 27 July, with 21 stages including three new stage cities in Yorkshire (Leeds, Harrogate and York).

Tom said: “I aim to get back in time to watch the actual race go through my hometown of Harrogate.

“My parents and friends think I’m a little crazy but are very supportive and rooting for me."

Tom hopes to raise £3000.You can donate to support him at www.justgiving.com/tourdefennertyvso.

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