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Tour de France inspires charity cycle challenge




An amateur cyclist is throwing herself in at the deep end by riding 320-miles across Europe.

Celia De Blasi has twice joined the catering team for the Ferblanc Cycle Challenge but is swapping roles with her husband David to compete herself this year.

She will set off from Geneva on September 11 and hopes to arrive in Champagne three days later.

Celia De Blasi (15246719)
Celia De Blasi (15246719)

It is part of a longer challenge set up by the Ferblanc charity. It aims to cover the Tour de France route over several events during a 15-year period.

Celia, of Victoria Road, Stamford, said: "This is a massive challenge for me as I'm not a cyclist.

"It has been a steep learning curve but I’ve built up my confidence on a bike and my aim is just to complete it. It’s not a race."

Celia, 46, has been training since February.

She said: "My biggest fear is having to get on the bike four days on the trot. I’m looking forward to diving into a vat of Champagne at the end!”

She hopes to raise £25,000 for research into conditions like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

Donate at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CeliaDeBlasi

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