Dr John McAvoy told GP he took on the ‘slightly crazy’ challenge to raise money for WaterAid.
The 58-year-old Sheffield GP juggled his intense 300-mile-a-week training schedule with work, eventually taking two weeks off to train harder for the 339-mile challenge.
‘The iconic Tour de France comes to Britain this year and has inspired me to raise some money for WaterAid,’ he explained. ‘It is my favourite charity as water is a basic human need, and to supply someone with that means a lot to me. I can’t imagine having to give my children dirty water.’
Water is a basic human need
A month on from his ride, Dr McAvoy said he has still not quite recovered.
It was not the steep, twisty routes of the northern legs of the ride that were the most difficult, but the Cambridge leg, which he began after a five-hour overnight train journey, which made him ‘feel awful’.
Dr McAvoy thanked fellow Sheffield GP Dr Nick Hudson for his support and Richard Holmes for cycling part of the route with him.
‘Having company during the ride makes all the difference,’ Dr McAvoy said.