Chris Dowd Challenge

Chris Dowd is a remarkable gentleman who is undertaking several challenges this year to raise money for Cancer Support France. Thank you for your amazing generosity Chris.
Here is Chris, in his own words, explaining what he is doing and how you can help him. For more details check out
"I’m Chris Dowd, a 52 year old early-retiree to France, living for the last 3 years in 65700 Castelnau-Riviere-Basse.
I took up cycling in 2016 as a past-time to lose some weight, get a bit fitter and enjoy the countryside, but quickly it became an obsession & an addiction.  I love to push myself, and my 2019 Cycling Triple Challenge for CSF does just that while hopefully raising lots of money for a fantastic cause.
In 2019 I plan to complete 3 fresh new challenges:
1) Cycle solo & unsupported (no back up car or luggage transfers) 1000 km from Paris (Eiffel Tower) to Les Pyrenees (Col du Tourmalet) over 8 days in August/September
2) Cycle at least 15000 km in 2019 (9320 miles)
3) Complete a 4 day 640 km endurance cycling challenge in the Ardeche region, called the, in June.
 The last day of my cycle from Paris to the Pyrenees in September will begin in Maubourguet on Sun 15th September.  After cycling 930 km from Paris, I will need all the support I can get to make it to the top of Col de Tourmalet by about 15:00 - please come along and support me along the way.
For someone who spent 33 years behind a desk, these challenges certainly feel like a big ask of myself, but no pain, no gain for CSF!"
Here's a link to The Connexion's article on Chris - The Connexion is the monthly newspaper for English speaking people in France.