Today (Saturday) marks the start of the second leg of the 100 Here 100 There charity challenge which will see firefighters from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service cycle to Monaco and back again.
The team will be cycling up to 150 miles a day and over a total of 1500 miles with a support team of 4 and will spend three days in the mountains of the French Alps and three days across the rolling terrain of France, before turning around and doing it all again as they return to the Isle of Wight.
During the challenge the firefighters will ride up many mountains and will ascend the climbs of Alp D’Huez and Mont Ventoux, both made famous by the Tour de France.
All monies raised will go directly to the following organisations for the benefit of Island residents:
• The Wessex Cancer Trust – Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre
• Isle of Wight ASBAH – Association of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
• Alzheimers Cafes – Isle of Wight
• Parkinsons UK – Isle of Wight branch
• Cruse Bereavement Care – Isle of Wight branch
• Families of Ocean Ward – Southampton’s Children and Young Adult Heart Services
The 100 Here element took place on Sunday 28th June and saw cyclists take part in a choice of two cycling routes around the Island – one covering 100km and the other 100 miles.
The team are due back on the Island on 26th September.