Mr Johnson's Tour de France
Matt Johnson, Mathematics teacher and 2nd in Department at Grange Technology College in Bradford is taking part in the non-professional charity stage of the Tour de France on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK.
On 29th June he will leave the centre of Brussels, riding through the city and up the infamous cobbled climb of the Muur Van Geraardsbergen, 120 miles after leaving Brussels city Centre he will re-enter the city from the east and head to the finish line at the Château de Laeken just North of the start line. There are around 200 riders taking part in this stage alongside Matt, and his goal is to get it completed in under 7 hours.
“In October I took part in a night race from Manchester to Blackpool, and I said to myself if I get this done in a decent enough time, I’ll push myself further and sign up for the Tour. I completed the 54-mile race in just over 3 hours and came in the top 20 out of over 1,000 riders. That seemed to me like I had smashed my goal, and decided to take the next challenge for me, and signed up!”
Matt is aiming to raise £1,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, Prostate Cancer UK has a simple yet important ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer.
Training is going from strength to strength for Matt, who regularly trains for up to 5 hours and is now averaging 20mph. He’ll be taking part in the Grand Depart Classic and riding the first road stage of the 2019 Tour De France, a week before the professionals.
You can donate to help Matt smash his target by donating through his Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/revangranddeaprt