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L’Etape du Tour Team

Over 30 cyclists from across the country joined 8,500 other riders to cycle 116 miles in searing heat through the Pyrenees.

The team lined up with a host of international cyclists to tackle one of the toughest stages in the Etape du Tour annual amateur race, which takes place before the main Tour de France riders tackle the course.

Dr Kevin Blyth, from Glasgow said: "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"The heat in France was unbelievable, with temperatures up to 100F, and the course was incredibly demanding.

"I had to put in a lot of training - cycling into work every day and up to 100 miles at the weekend.

"My legs are aching but it was a fantastic experience."

Each year, Tour de France organisers select one stage from the race and offer riders of all ages the chance to sample the course.

Around 2,000 of the 8,500 riders fail to reach the finish line each year because the route is so physically demanding.

David Butler from The Personal Training Centre, which kindly hold training days for the Get Kids Going running team, also took part and was so enthused by the event he has volunteered to be team leader next year.

“It was an amazing experience, but I can’t wait to do it again”, he said.

We would like to thank every member of Get Kids Going's L'Etape du Tour team the best of luck for their hard work and the money they raised from the event.

If you would like to take part in L'Etape du Tour in 2006 we'd also be delighted to hear from you. Please email us or call 0207 481 8110.

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