Cy­clist gets ready for his fi­nal ex­ploit

Rider to take on Cy­cle Slam

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

A north-east cy­clist is gear­ing up for one last ride af­ter two decades of gru­elling char­ity chal­lenges.

Doug McIn­tosh, 56, has raised more than £200,000 for good causes through a va­ri­ety of sport­ing ad­ven­tures since los­ing his right arm to cancer in 1997.

Most re­cently, he be­came the first up­per limb am­putee to com­plete three climbs of Mont Ven­toux in France in one day.

The moun­tain is reg­u­larly used as the last train­ing camp by Tour de France riders be­fore their main race.

Nick­named The Mon­ster, it is widely re­garded to be home to some of the most pun­ish­ing routes in world cy­cling.

Mr McIn­tosh, of Westhill, said: “Three or four years ago I found out about it and I de­cided I wanted to put my mark on it as an am­putee.

“There were three events, which took me roughly three hours each, and they were all tech­ni­cally dif­fer­ent and de­mand­ing.”

By com­plet­ing the 43mile cy­cle, Mr McIn­tosh raised £4,000 for the An­chor Unit at ARI, Mag­gie’s Cancer Cen­tres and Cancer Re­search UK. Mr McIn­tosh’s last char­ity ride with be with re­tired English rugby cap­tain Lawrence Dal­la­gio as part of his Cy­cle Slam chal­lenge.

In May, he will ride from France through Switzer­land to Italy.

He said: “When I got back from Mont Ven­toux, Lawrence Dal­la­gio’s team got in touch. I said to my wife ‘that’s it,’ and that I must think about back­ing off.

“Since last Au­gust I’ve rid­den around 12,000 miles so that’s a lot, es­pe­cially when you’re work­ing as well.”

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