Char­ity cy­clist pre­pares for one last ride

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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, near Aberdeen, 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.

“It was just fab­u­lous and I’m re­ally glad I did it.”

By com­plet­ing the 43mile cy­cle, Mr McIn­tosh raised £4,000 for the An­chor Unit at ARI, Mag­gie’s Cancer Cen­tres and Cancer Re­search UK.

It also be­came just the lat­est in dozens of fundrais­ing ef­forts he has com­pleted over the past 20 years, in­clud­ing rais­ing more than £65,000 by cy­cling 2,000miles around Bri­tain in un­der 20 days.

He added: “I’m a re­ally bad run­ner but I’ve done three Lon­don Marathons as well.

“For me, fail­ure is not some­thing I want - you ei­ther do it, or you don’t.”

Mr McIn­tosh’s last char­ity ride will 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. When you’re fac­ing a life-threat­en­ing thing, and you’re told you’ve got your life back, it re­ally mo­ti­vates you.”

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