Former ‘Shire man completes European cycle

Mark Hanlon during his cycle
Mark Hanlon during his cycle

A FORMER Kirkcowan man recently raised over £1000 for charity by cycling through the French Alps.

Mark Hanlon, 35, decided to undertake the gruelling task 10 years after cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End as one of the 6,500 brave cyclists on L’Etape Du Tour, a 152km trip through some of Europe’s most stunning scenery.

Mark’s route took him from Albertville to La Toussuire in four days before the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish did it for real in this year’s Tour De France Stage 12.

The money raised will go towards The Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Berkshire who provide support for children with life-limiting and life threatening conditions and their families.

The race itself took in four mountains, Col de la Madeleine at 2000m, Col du Glandon 2067m, Col du Mollard 1638m and La Toussuire at 1705m.

Mark said: “A huge thank you goes to everyone for donating towards my L’Etape challenge last month. Being one of 6,500 riders on the road that day was something special and one made even more amazing by the fantastic cheering support we received from the motor home army and locals who lined each ascent.”