A ten year old is to take on the French mountain stage of Mt Ventoux to raise money for a hospice.
Gavin Siebert from Oxford will ride the climb with his father Eric next Saturday, and hopes to raise money for Helen & Douglas House, where a relative was cared for.
Gavin told the Oxford Times: “I ride to school every day too. I ride pretty much anywhere.”
Amazingly it’s the child’s fourth time reaching the summit, but he is attempting his most ambitious route to date.
On his JustGiving page, he wrote: “On June 3rd I'll be riding up Mont Ventoux, the highest point in Provence. This will be my 3rd ascent of Le Géant de Provence, but my first taking the same route ridden by the pros during the 2016 Tour de France (unlike Froome, I don't plan to run any portion!).
“The summit of Mt. Ventoux is at 1,912m of elevation. I'll be starting in Bédoin (300m ASL) climbing 1,612m over the 21.5 km route. I'd like to raise £1 for every metre of elevation climbed for a total of £1,612.”
Gavin has already surpassed his fundraising goals to reach over £1.800 already.
He added that he was even going to make his life a little more difficult by leaving his road bike at home.
He said: “It’s going to be a mountain bike because that’s the tradition.
"Dad is riding one too. I’m forcing him to make it fair!”
Of the hospice, where his mother’s cousin was looked after, he said: “I think it’s important because it’s nice to help other people. So if I raise some money for them they can buy something fun like a football table, Risk or Monopoly.”
His father Eric said: “This has taught him that he’ll reach the fundraising goal £1 at a time, just as he’ll reach the summit by climbing one metre at a time.”
Gavin’s mother Sarah said: “We realised the importance of hospices to families of people suffering from congenital diseases.”
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After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.