Every year, Blueleaf's MD Adrian Lomas likes to set himself a challenging personal goal, whilst raising money for charity and 2006 is no exception. Previous years have seen Adrian run the London Marathon, walk the Three Peaks and half-run half-walk over hot coals, but this year's challenge is the toughest yet. Adrian is returning to his first love cycling to raise money for two charities which make a real difference to people's lives - Tenovus, the national cancer charity and Claire House Children's Hospice who care for children with life threatening illnesses.

On the 10th July Adrian will be participating in the Etape du Tour, a stage of the Tour de France held a few days before the actual race takes place. 8500 cyclists will tackle the daunting Alpe d'Huez, a gruelling one day 187km ride over three mountain passes in the French Alps. Starting from Gap, the route will take Adrian over Col d'Izoard (2360m), Col du Lauteret (2058m) and finally Alpe d'Huez (1860m). We presume he'll be getting a taxi back to the hotel that night!

Adrian commented, "When I heard this year's Etape was going over the classic Alpe d'Huez, I knew taking part had to be my challenge for 2006. I couldn't pass up the chance to participate in this great event and to raise money for two great charities at the same time. I just hope I can do them and myself proud!"

Training is going well. Adrian has so far lost three stone and gained only a dent to his pride following an incident on a very slippy Welsh mountain road. You'll be relieved to hear his bike came through the fall unscathed, his knees and elbows taking the brunt.

If you would like to help Adrian raise money, you can sponsor him in the following ways: E-mail him direct to adrian@blue-leaf.co.uk Visit the JustGiving.com website

Any amount you can spare will be gratefully received to help Adrian support these worthy charities and we promise to let you know how he gets on next month. Thank you.

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