Bourne cyclist Rich completes Tour De France stage

Richard Lomas-Brown after he completed his Le Tour ride EMN-140729-121130001
Richard Lomas-Brown after he completed his Le Tour ride EMN-140729-121130001
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A profic fundraiser cycled 116 miles - completing a personal goal to replicate the first stage of Le Tour De France while raising funds for a charity.

Richard Lomas-Brown competed in Le Tour earlier this month, taking on the first stage of this year’s Tour de France route from Leeds to Harrogate.

He completed the 190km - 116 miles - route in seven hours, 56minutes, 50 seconds.

Rich, who is a member of Bourne Town Harriers but turned his attentions to cycling a few months ago, finished in the top 20 of 99 riders, despite his bicycle chain coming off and getting stung! He was treated by a medic at one of the checkpoints.

Rich, of Eastgate, Bourne, has also raised more than £500 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The charity is his employer’s Halifax chosen charity of the year and the Spalding branch where he works has agreed to match fund what he raises, so he has raised more than £1,000 - well in excess of the £300 target he set himself.

Rich, who trained with Bourne Wheelers in preparation for the event, said: “I was very pleased with how it went. It was a fantastic atmosphere and the scenery along the route was absolutely amazing.

“It was really strange to think that the professionals had rode the same course just a couple of weeks before me.

“It was hard work but well worth all the effort and training. Two or three of the climbs were an absolute killer.

“The highest summit was at 1,725ft at Buttertubs Pass with a total of 8,617 ft climbed over the whole course.

“The scenery was beautiful, and the weather was kind while I was riding as I managed to avoid all the dowpours as they occurred over the course.”

Rich said after a long drive home, he arrived ready for a long hot soak in the bath only to find the water had gone off in Bourne.

But he refuelled with a well-earned Sunday roast and said he would definitely do another similarly arduous challenge again.

You can still sponsor Rich at