Plymouth cyclist Nadin taking on the Tour de France for charity
THERE are athletes who are completely taken over by their sport. Then there are cyclists like Kerry Nadin.
The 40-year-old member of Plymouth cycling club Yogi is planning a 929-mile jaunt across France which includes four mountain stages.
To warm herself up for her near thousand mile trek next June, Nadin is doing a 100-mile event in March, followed by the Tour of Wessex in May, when she will be cycling 335 miles in three days.
To make the 900-plus mile ride more remarkable, Nadin is only in her first year of serious cycling.
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Her French adventure has been set up by a group called the Tour de Force.
They offer parts, or all, of the route taken by the Tour de France, which begins shortly after Nadin ends her trip.
The Yogi club cyclist will be raising money for the William Wates Memorial Trust, which helps youngsters keep away from a life of crime and violence.
Nadin said: "I love cycling and I do 150 miles a week with the Yogis.
"I am really looking forward to riding in France and I'm really excited about it.
"I haven't been cycling very long – I started about a year ago.
"I got into it when I got onto an old mountain bike.
"Last September, I couldn't even complete a training run with the Yogis, but it went on from there."
Nadin, who lives in Yealmpton, said the Tour de Force ride was her once in a lifetime chance to follow in the footsteps of legendary cyclists.
She sets out from Porto-Vecchio in Corsica for the first of three stages on the Mediterranean island.
Then she goes to Nice for stage four, a time trial, followed by three scenic stages across the south of France to the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains.
There, Nadin will take on two extremely tough mountain stages with a mixture of climbs.
The climbs include the Col de Pailhères, a 15.3 kilometre-long climb starting just above sea level and finishing well over 6,500 feet.
Nadin, on the final day's stage, will ascend five mountains in a 165 kilometre ride before she finishes.
She added: "The ride will be tough in places, but anyone can do what I'm doing, as long as they enjoy cycling and I love it."
ANYONE who wants to help Kerry Nadin raise money for the William Wates Memorial Trust can do so via www.bmycharity.com/kerrynadin