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Alpe d’Huez cyclist profile: David Bott

In just 7 days’ time a team of intrepid cyclists from the legal services market will take on the 21 hairpins and gradients of this Tour de France classic. This month, we profile David Bott from Bott & Co Solicitors, who explains his motivations for the trip.

“As I get older, and I realise that maybe just maybe I am no longer in my twenties (or even in thirties and at the wrong end of my forties), that what I do have left is endurance and sheer doggedness. And as luck would have it cycling up big hills is almost perfect for dogged old guys just like me,” says David Bott, Senior Partner at Bott & Co as he reflects on the reasons for joining Premex in this year’s cycling ascent of Alpe d’Huez.

“Last year [when we climbed Mont Vontoux] was really hard and quite brutal at times. But what it did inspire in me was a wish to do it better next time and become stronger and lighter.”

Averaging between 150 and 200 miles a week on the road, David has been out 4 or 5 times a week and doing as much climbing as he can find. So what’s his target this year? “It will be so hard that finishing within the timescale is my only goal.”

In 2014, nine riders including David ascended the famous ‘Beast of Provence’ and raised over £30,000 for charities in the process. This year, David is raising money for MNDA a charity concerned with Motor Neurone Disease and the Queenscourt Hospice in Southport. “It’s very personal as my mother died of Motor Neurone Disease and the hospice looked after my father in his last days with cancer. Both organisations deserve praise and desperately need cash.

To donate to David’s challenge, please click here