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La Marmotte - Mark

Mark is the CEO of the OCR exam board, based in Cambridge. On 5 July He completed La Marmotte, a gruelling one-day ride in the French Alps. With a length of 174km and climbing over 5000m in a day, it is said to be one of the hardest rides on the annual cycling calendar.

The toughness of the Challenge is shown by this cross-section diagram of the route and a photo of one of the fantastic views.

Not content with enduring that level of pain, and to encourage his supporters to sponsor him for Blue Smile, Mark promised that if donations reached over £2000 he’d get his legs waxed at the CRC Beauty Department. Well, he raised £2,185 (with Gift Aid, £2,665) and he was as good as his word, as you can see!

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