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Cycling success for Romania team

The Challenge Romania team took to their bikes in October, raising funds with sponsored rides.

The team embarked on the 54 mile ride from Bradford on Avon to Bristol and back. Fuelled by a hearty breakfast in Bristol at the halfway point, the pupils (mostly!) enjoyed the cycle ride, helped by the dry weather conditions.

The ride raised funds for the Romania Challenge trip which will take place next October half term. The group will be travelling to a deprived area of Romania with People Against Poverty, an international charity which works to alleviate the effects of poverty in deprived communities.

Alice Sheppard also embarked on the half term challenge of cycling up Mont Ventoux in Provence without a break. This is no mean feat; Mont Ventoux is renowned as one of the hardest of all the climbs in the Tour de France and the total ascent is a vertical mile over 21 km. Alice put in some serious miles over the summer to train; cycling an average of 8-10 hours every week and covering more than 1,000 miles in one 3-week period alone.

Not one to shirk a challenge, Alice took the Bédoin route up Mont Ventoux, known as one of the harder routes and achieved the summit in two hours. All that training paid off. "It wasn't as hard as I thought," she said. "I loved it so much, I did it again the next day with my mum."

A very impressive feat! And Alice was also delighted to raise over £500 for the Romania expedition.

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