Posted by: Richard Neale | May 8, 2011

Epic cycle challenge boosts appeal

Julie and Mark Allen at the start of their epic challenge

I’ve just received news that Julie and Mark Allen, from Denbigh have completed their challenge of cycling three times up the French peak of Mont Ventoux in one day – all in aid of raising funds for our Llyndy Isaf campaign.

It was their love of Snowdonia that inspired them to move to North Wales a few years ago and they were keen to do something in return for the pleasure the mountains have given them. 

The Allens are keen cyclists and have already conquered the mountain, which is considered one of the toughest on the Tour de France race, in previous holidays to France.   But to achieve this three times in a day is considered one of the greatest accolades in cycling – one that allows those who’ve done it membership of the exclusive Club de Cinglès.  The undertaking involves 4,443 meters of climbing (over four times the total height of Snowdon) and a total distance of 136km. 

Julie can now boast that she’s the first Welsh woman to have undertaken the challenge – and Mark is the first Northern Irishman.

They have already raised £610 and are aiming to reach their target of £1,000.  They are still collecting sponsorship, so please go to to help the cause.

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i’ch dau a diolch yn fawr am eich cymorth!


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