A bereaved dad is gearing up for a charity bike ride in aid of a cause that couldn’t be closer to his heart.
Neil Harvey, a director at Leeds-based surveying and engineering firm Met Consultancy Group, will be part of a team of six cycling 1,200km from West Yorkshire to the Dordogne in France next month.
Neil’s son, Sam, died from a brain tumour two years ago at the age of 19.
Funds raised on the ride will go to the Leeds-based Brain Tumour Research and Support charity.
The end destination also holds special significance for Neil as his son enjoyed many family holidays in the Dordogne.
He said: “The route is very much about linking the two places where Sam was happiest and we have so many happy memories of him.
“That aside, it will be no stroll. Some of us are some way short of optimum fitness and we’ll be covering some pretty challenging terrain which, if not quite Tour de France standard, is certainly going to hurt.”
Neil is being joined on the ride by work colleague Simon Chappell as well as Allan Booth from Rance Booth Smith Architects, Cat Binstead from Switch Thinking Ltd, Stuart Humphris from Cooperative Retail and family friend Truus van der Wurf.
Together they are hoping to raise £10,000 and are already about a third of the way to their target.
Backing has come from individual supporters as well as business sponsors such as Claire Murphy Legal.
The ‘Tour de Force’ group has been in training since last September, when they started ditching their cars for bikes on their daily commutes to work.
They have also been following a tough programme of weekend training since the beginning of this year.
Neil and co are hoping the publicity surrounding Yorkshire’s hosting of the opening stages of the Tour de France in July will give their fundraising an extra lift.
To back the group’s efforts, visit the www.justgiving.com/Samuel-Harvey2 web page.