Paul Anson, Director of Business Growth at Magenta Living is taking on the ultimate challenge this summer in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice. Paul hopes to cycle 2,745 miles from Canada to New Mexico, pushing himself to his limits to raise funds for an incredible charity.
The Great Tour Divide is the world’s longest off-pavement cycling route and travels through Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the United States of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
Paul will depart from Canada on Friday 8th June and is hoping to arrive in New Mexico approximately four weeks later. During his time cycling, he will climb nearly 200,000 feet, which is the equivalent to summiting Mount Everest from sea-level seven times, and will cycle for around 14 hours every day.
To prepare for this incredible journey, Paul has put himself through a gruelling training regime, although nothing can compare to the challenge he is facing.
Paul said: “This is a challenge I have wanted to do for a while. The Tour Divide Mountain Bike Race is one of the toughest races in the world. The event combines mountains and desert and goes through wilderness in Canada and the USA finally ending at the Mexican border. Without a doubt it will push me to my limits. Through fundraising for Claire House I hope to make the journey one that also helps others and I cannot think of a better cause. Claire House is a local charity which has helped so many families and children at times of great need and makes a real difference to people’s lives”.
Sophie Chilvers from Claire House’s events team said: “We are so grateful to Paul for taking on this massive challenge in aid of Claire House. This adventure will no doubt be really tough, and hopefully Paul will be encouraged knowing that every penny he raises will be spent on providing vital support to seriously and terminally ill children and their families. Everyone here at Claire House would like to wish Paul the very best of luck!”
You can help Paul reach his £5,000 target by donating via his JustGiving page here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulstourdivide and you can also follow his Tour Divide journey at www.facebook.com/paulstourdivide