Nicolas Flynn, a business owner in the Appco UK network, has completed L’Etape du Tour, a 142-kilometre stage of the Tour de France, in an impressive 10 hours 27 minutes.
Nicolas, a former semi-professional cyclist, took part in the event on Sunday 19 July to raise funds for terminal illness charity Marie Curie in honour of his friend and former cycling coach James Dorward, who died after a short battle with cancer.
“Towards the end, Jimmy was fortunate to spend his last few weeks in the Springburn Marie Curie Hospice where he was cared for with love and dignity.”
“Riding a stage of the Tour de France has always been an ambition of mine so just to realise that will be something that will remain with me all my life.”
“That combined with raising a huge amount of money for what is a fantastic charity – Marie Curie – made it a mix of emotional and euphoric feelings as I crossed the finish line.”
“Nicolas, director of Celica Marketing in Scotland, trained intensively for the gruelling ride through extremely mountainous terrain, including steep climbs of more than 20 kilometres, from Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne to La Toussuire in south-eastern France.
“I’m not going to lie, it was 10 hours of pain and a constant fight against the voice in my head telling me to give up, but I am so glad I was involved in what is the largest closed road race in the world. It was well worth it.”
So far, Nicolas has raised more than £2,100 for Marie Curie. You can still donate by visiting his Just Giving page.
Visit the Appco UK Facebook page for more photos of Nicolas in action at L’Etape du Tour.