Matt Richardson from Henley is getting back on his Raleigh Chopper for another challenge.
In 2014 he rode an original 1975 Mk2 Raleigh Chopper right up Mont Ventoux and in 2015 he set the Raleigh Chopper Hour Record on an original 1969 Mk1 Raleigh Chopper. Thanks to extremely generous donations from all over the world these rides have raised over £10,000 to help beat blood cancer in memory of his father, David Richardson who died of cancer.
On Monday, 8 August Matt will be attempting to ride, without stopping, to the top of Passo dello Stelvio from Prato all Stelvio on his Chopper. The altitude of 2,758m is over half a mile higher than the summit of Mont Ventoux, the height gain is over 300m more and the distance 3km longer, over 48 hairpin bends (27 more than Alpe d’Huez).
Matt said, “When I rode right up Mont Ventoux, I had a team of people in two cars encouraging me and handing me water so that I didn’t have to carry anything. My time to the top was 2 hours 10 minutes. On this ride up Passo dello Stelvio, however, I will carry two bottles of water, weighing 2kgs and any food I need. The extra weight, increased altitude, greater height gain and longer distance means that my target is to finish the ride in less than three hours. This will be tough.”
If you would like to donate to Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Richardson52