Ilkeston cyclist to ride 900 miles for cancer charity

Steve Croton is about to set off on his latest epic fundraising ride.
Steve Croton is about to set off on his latest epic fundraising ride.

An Ilkeston man is to embark on a 900-mile sponsored cycle ride through France this weekend to raise money for a leading cancer charity.

Steve Croton, who lives in Larklands, will set off from Caen on Saturday, May 27, and hopes to arrive in Nice two weeks later via the Loire Valley and Dordogne.

It follows previous venture from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and along the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast route, and once again Steve, 61, will be fundraising for Cancer Research.

He said: “I’m doing it in memory of my mum, Jean, who died in 1978 at the age of 41, and anyone else affected by this terrible disease.

“There are parts of France I’ve always wanted to see too, so when the opportunity came up I had to take it.”

Steve will be joined on the road by 18 other riders and a support team from Glossop-based Peak Tours.

He said: “They take care of all the organisation, so all I have to do is get to the start line then begin pedalling.”

As a longtime member of Erewash Valley Cycle Club, Steve enjoys weekly training rides which he says have kept him in good condition.

He added: “There’s one day that’s quite daunting, a climb of 21.5 kilometres up Mont Ventoux, which is part of the Tour de France route - but I’m quite looking forward to it.”

Steve set himself an initial target of £900, one for every mile, and is on course to pass it thanks to a £250 Rotary donation and support from friends, neighbours and colleagues at R A Labone & Co Ltd.

To add to his fundraising total, go to www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Croton2.