We talk to Rob Holden about his amazing ride up Mount Ventoux on a Boris bike, which raised more than £11,000.
‘It was just a silly conversation but it stuck with me. My company’s based in Aberdeen and they do a lot of fundraising for Macmillan, but I’m based in London so wanted to do something myself. My father also had cancer three years ago so this was a great way to support Macmillan.
‘The plan was to drive the bike down to Mont Ventoux in Southern France, ride up the gruelling 22km, then drive back to London – all within 24 hours.
Ian and Matt were drivers, cameramen and motivators and I took a backseat until we got an hour away – then the nerves kicked in.
‘With essentially one gear the whole way up, it was a struggle but remembering the reason I was doing it kept me going all the way to the summit.
‘On the journey back we hit a massive storm but somehow managed to get back with minutes to spare.
‘It was only when we posted the YouTube video that things went crazy. We went from 300 views to 40,000, were on the BBC and Sky News live, and even got praised by Boris himself.
‘On our Just Giving page people mentioned how they’d lost someone through cancer who were cyclists and would have loved it. It made us feel so proud of what we achieved.’
Watch Rob’s amazing pedal-powered journey and find out more about what made him want to do it for Macmillan.
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