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Motoring journalist swaps petrol for pedal for charity

Motoring journalist David Motton is swapping petrol power for pedal power to raise money for the leukaemia charity, The Geoff Thomas Foundation.

The former What Car? editor is cycling from London to Paris over three days, averaging more than 100 miles each day. David is one of 350 riders tackling the route from 24-27 June.

“I’m aiming to raise £3000 for The Geoff Thomas Foundation,” said David. “The Foundation was set up by ex-England footballer, Geoff Thomas, after he recovered from leukaemia. The charity funds blood cancer nurses at hospitals around the country and also raises money for drug trials.”

The Geoff Thomas Foundation is one of the charities supported by the London-Paris 2010 bike ride. The 320-mile ride is billed as “the professional event for amateurs” and features rolling road closures once the cyclists reach France. Participants include 1987 Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche, and Olympic Gold medallist, Rebecca Romero.

“It’s going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done on a bike,” David said. “I’ve ridden 100 miles in a day before but have never tried to ride so far three days in a row.”

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