In the year the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire dozens of keen cyclists have been inspired to get on their bikes and raise funds for charitable causes.
However not many people are taking things as far as Phil Eaglen, the 63-year-old from Bilton aims to complete 18 previous stages of the Tour de France which have been won by a British cyclists in just 70 days.
Phil Eaglen is setting off on themonumental 2,908 mile cycle ride this Sunday (May 18) starting in Belgium before making his way around France.
Phil will cycle as far west as Strasbourg, as far south as the Pyrénées, before heading north east to Brittany then across to Paris.
He said: “I am looking forward to it all but I am mostworried about the Guzet-Neigh stage. I don’t want to rush, I want to take my time and enjoy it. I was a keen cyclists when I was younger and got back into it seven years ago. I have always been a huge fan of the Tour de France.”
Phil approached Rev Francis Wainaina of St Andrew’s Church in Starbeck for help and advice after the vicar’s 1,000 mile tandem ride to Zurich last year.
Phil will be raising money to buy water filters as part of the HG1000 campaign.
He said: “The water thing really got to me, we are so lucky to be able to walk to a tap and get water that people walk miles to get.
“I didn’t want to raise money for a huge big charity, I wanted something targeted.”
For more on Phil’s journey and how to sponsor visit http://philleaglen.wordpress.com/
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