Andrew Mitchell, from Loch Leven, aims to raise an incredible £10,000 when he takes on a Charity Pledge Place in this year's event.
Inspired by a colleague who was battling cancer, Andrew took part in the 2013 edition of the Etape Caledonia, raising a massive £3,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care leading him to become the event’s fourth biggest fundraiser that year. Seeing his colleague make a full recovery after receiving vital treatment and support and knowing the potential impact of the money he raised in 2013, he is driven to meet his increased target this year.
Having no previous history in endurance sport until his first attempt at Etape Caledonia in 2013, 38 year-old Andrew cycles for leisure as part of his daily commute and decided to participate as he thought it’d be a “fun new experience and fitness challenge”.
Missing out on the 2014 sportive due to living overseas Andrew is raring to go for this year’s challenge: “I made lots of rookie errors at the Etape Caledonia in 2013; clothing, fuel, not getting enough sleep the night before and stopping to chat! But I know what to expect and how better prepare myself this time round, I’m hoping to knock 1.5 hours off my previous time and I’ve set a target time of 4.5 hours.
I’m a bit of a fair weather cyclist so I have my turbo trainer set up already for indoor training. But, I have been doing daily 20km commutes to my nearest train station and 22km loops around Loch Leven. My intention is to get out and build up to longer distances between now and then and I’ll hopefully get out for a practice run too. I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line with my wife and five month-old bump [due in September] there to cheer me on!”
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