CYCLING legend, Chris Boardman, who is in Pitlochry this weekend for arguably the UK’s premier closed road cycling event, Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, let slip that his 81-mile ride on Sunday will double up as a house hunting trip as he and his family are actively searching for property in the area.
The Tour de France commentator said: “When I’m riding the route tomorrow I’ll be keeping an eye out for the For Sale signs, although in the interests of getting a decent time I won’t be stopping off.
“Key for me is a house with some wow factor, no more than a mile from a great local pub and not too far from the train station so I can easily commute.
“It’s such a stunning area of Scotland so, if we find the right property we’ll definitely be calling it home. Of course, my wife has the final say so I’ve just been sent to scout it out this weekend.”
This is Chris’s first time riding Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, which is also set to be tackled by International rugby player and former captain of Scotland, Rob Wainwright, flanked by a team of 24 fellow cyclists and fundraisers.
The fundraising team of 24 will be led out, peloton style, on the 81-mile cycling event by Rob who has cycled Etape Caledonia previously.
His team also includes Daniel Sheard who was the event’s top fundraiser in 2013, raising over £4,000. The group are hoping to net thousands of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care for their efforts.
The UK’s biggest closed road cycling event continues to grow in popularity, selling out in under eight hours this year. Thousands of participants raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care over the course of the weekend and have raised nearly £1,000,000 for the charity since 2012.
Drawn to the event by the stunning scenery, the winding route through the picturesque landscapes, many sporting greats have participated over the years – including Graeme Obree, Alain Baxter and James Cracknell.
This year, Saints footballer, Paul Cherry, will take part alongside former Tour de France participant, Chris Boardman.
Jenni Thompson, events fundraising manger for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said:
“We are very excited about supporting all of our fundraisers at this year’s Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia. Many are working in teams, like Rob and his group of fundraisers, and others are fundraising individually.
“Their efforts make such an important difference and the money raised from Etape Caledonia will help us continue to provide this vital care across Scotland.”
James Robinson, managing director at IMG Challenger World, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Rob back to the event, and delighted that he’s leading out a team of 24 in support of our charity partner.
“We are sure they will have an amazing day, and help raise vital funds for such an important and worthwhile cause.”
For more information on the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk.
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