Mont Ventoux in the south of France is one of the hardest climbs in Tour De France history. With a gradient of 7.43 per cent it would be no mean feat to complete this ride on a normal geared road bike, but Rob Holden from London decided to ride it on a Boris bike for Charity. Rob came up with the idea when his friend Ian Laurie (helped him in the challenge) were talking over a coffee and out of the blue Ian said, ‘I wonder if you can rent a Boris bike, take it to Mont Ventoux, ride it up and bring it back within 24 hours’
They completed the challenge with 22 seconds to go! If they had gone over the allowed 24 hour rental period for a Boris bike, they would have had to pay the £150 penalty fee. It was an impressive achievement to say the least. The whole event was organised by themselves, there was no fancy celebration at the end, it was just a couple of guys with a crazy idea to raise money for charity. They have so far collected over £3000 for Macmillan cancer support.
They documented their whole trip in a short documentary, giving you an idea of what they went through and how down to the wire they came.