Following in the footsteps of the professionals from over 70 years ago, Tom Neal will be cycling solo and unsupported a 3,000-mile route retracing the 1951 Tour de France in June with the support of bike.rent
Tom’s bike set up
The 1951 Tour de France is notorious for being one of the most challenging routes in history – but Tom Neal from Saltash is a man up for that challenge.
1951 Tour de France route
After losing his dad, Tom moved to France and found solace on his bike, exploring the country on two wheels. His love of cycling and the French landscape inspired him to start planning for his epic adventure, emulating the riders who completed the Tour of 1951 – the year of his dad’s birth.
Tom will set off from Metz on June 1st, covering up to 200 miles a day, every day for 26 days. He’ll ride across the plains of northern France, through the Massif Central – the largest upland in the country – across the Pyrenees, through the Alps and north to Paris, where he will triumphantly cross the line at the Arc de Triomphe on June 26th.
Friends will join him on a couple of the stages, and he’s secured the backing of three sponsors, one of which bike.rent, to aid him on his journey, but Tom will largely be taking on the thousands of metres of elevation and potentially treacherous conditions by himself.
All of the kit that Tom will have to carry on his bike
We invite everyone to rally behind Tom’s extraordinary cause and support his mission to combat prostate cancer. By following his progress and contributing to his fundraising efforts, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by this devastating disease. Tom’s determination, resilience, and love for his father will inspire us at bike.rent Manager as he embarks on this remarkable voyage of remembrance and strength.