HAVING braved sub-zero temperatures, strong headwinds and heavy rain, Galashiels cyclist Richard Moore is back in the Borders this week facing tropical temperatures, light breezes and ... heavy rain, writes Fiona Scott.
But the father of two is cock-a-hoop after completing one of the toughest stages of the Tour de France two weeks ago and raising more than £2,100 for the Borders Children’s Charity in the process.
Richard completed the world-famous 130-mile L’Etape du Tour – christened L’Etape du Torture by Cycling Weekly – in nine hours 44 minutes.
Such were the conditions that only 4,053 of 7,223 registered riders started. And only 1,982 of those finished. Richard, 39, finished in 1,079th and was really happy with his run.
He told TheSouthern: “The weather was very cold and wet, leading to many people abandoning from even the 30 miles stage.
“However, I loved it and the training I’d completed did me proud.
“I’m happy to say I overtook many more riders than overtook me going up the climbs. The support on the roads was fantastic and the crowds at the end in Saint Flour were brilliant, so much so I even managed to sprint the last 250m uphill. Even though it was hard work I will treasure the memory of my first L’Etape for years to come.”
Richard was greeted at the finish line by wife Clare and children Adam and Jacob before having a well-earned family holiday in France.
He added: “Special thanks to my wife Clare for giving me the time to train and all her encouragement, and thanks to everyone for sponsoring me.”
Richard has raised £2,092.71 including giftaid, but excluding the £250 he hopes to get from his employer RBS.