Aldbourne cyclist to tackle Tour de France – one day early

Written by Peter Davison on .


Geoff Thomas (second left) training with his team, including James (far right)Geoff Thomas (second left) training with his team, including James (far right)Aldbourne cyclist James Maltin will be ahead of the pack at the 2015 Tour de France – by tackling the gruelling route 24 hours ahead of the main peloton.

Investment director James will be one of twenty riders joining former England international footballer and leukaemia survivor, Geoff Thomas, on his Le Tour – One Day Ahead challenge.

James, who divides his time between Aldbourne and his job at Rathbones in London, where he is taking 5am cycle rides around Richmond Park to get match fit, is the sixth rider to commit to the 3,300+ kilometre, 21-stage ride in July 2015, Le Tour – One Day Ahead.

He has previously cycled part of the Great Wall of China for Mencap in 2000 and from London to Paris for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research last summer.

It was during this recent challenge that James met Geoff Thomas and was inspired to take on the much more arduous challenge of the entire Tour route, which the team is tackling in a bid to raise £1 million for the charity Cure Leukaemia.

James said, “I am very excited, and a little nervous, about joining the team. It is going to be hard work.

“I am hugely inspired by Geoff’s story however, and by the idea of supporting Cure Leukaemia. If we can get to our target ammount, which could be worth so much more, it will make such a difference to people’s lives.”