After three days of punishing, thigh-burning cycling it is over! Our ground-breaking Walking With The Wounded Cycle Team has finished the Trois Etapes Challenege.
2008 Tour de France Winner, Carlos Sastre, (seen in the video on the left of the screen) wanted to cross the finish line along-side the heroic team of injured servicemen, captained by world record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont.
Don Maclean, injured by an IED blast whilst serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan, said that the challenge had been immense and he felt quite emotional about finishing the Trois Etapes:
“If you have asked me when I was in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham did I think I’d be cycling the Alps in the foreseeable future I doubt I’d have said ‘yes’, so it’s quite emotional to have finished this race. I suppose this is what Walking With The Wounded is all about: with the right support and assistance we all have huge potential post-injury. Hopefully we’ve proved that and people will continue to donate so that the wonderful rehab programmes can continue to help people like us”.
The final stage saw the team scale Col de la Madeleine, which towers above the near-by peaks at 1,993 m above sea level. This climb takes place over a distance of 44 km, which is followed by a controlled descent, spread over 33 km, towards Saint Jean de Maurienne. The rolling peloton section leads the teams back toward Orelle which marks the emphatic conclusion of this epic Alpine cycle challenge.
Our inspirational team can be seen below: (L-R) Craig Preece, Simon Oldfield, Mark Beaumont, Rab Smedley, Pete Latham, Sam Shotton, Don Maclean.