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Matthew Horder's Amazing Cycle Adventure

To embrace the up and coming Olympic Games and to celebrate turning 40, I decided to take up an opportunity to cycle one of the five stages of the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam which started in Ancient Olympia and ended at the Olympic Park on 18th May.

I cycled Stage Four, starting in St Moritz and then heading over the Alps to finish in Epinal. 4 Days, 483km and 4,829m of climbing. St Moritz to Chur, Chur to Horgen, Horgen to Basel and Basel to Epinall. Some stunning views, some very tough days, some very hot days, a very wet day, some great banter and a sore ar5e!

Check out some cracking photos (even some of me on a bike) on Facebook -

http://www.facebook.com/DallaglioFlintoff2012

The ride definitely eventful: I got a bee sting, swallowed a fly, fixed three people’s chains in one day, got dehydrated after running out of water on a 11km, 700m ascent climb, 16% in a lot of places (See pic of me getting to the top), got seriously cold on Day 3 in the pouring rain and climbed the Ballon d'Alsace, which was the first climb of the Tour de France back in 1905.  However, getting up to go home, with only three hours kip, after 100 miles on the bike the day before was a challenge!

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We all suffered in some way during the trip but nothing compared with those that have been affected by Prostate Cancer, which the Dallaglio Foundation is raising funds for or any other form of cancer for that matter.

The Dallaglio Foundation needed to raise around £2.2m to fund the Prostate Cancer Genetics Project and they are getting closer with around £1.8m raised so far.  Thanks to the generosity of friends, family, work colleagues and club members, I have raised £9,124 including gift aid, which is unbelievable! If you would like to make a final donation to this charity, then please go to my fundraising page, which will stay open until June -

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewHorder 

It just leaves me to say a massive thank you for the support, messages and donations, you were amazing.

Keep on pedaling whatever it is you're doing!

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