Cyclist gets ready for his final exploit
Rider to take on Cycle Slam
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.”