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Man Rides Tour de France on a CHOPPER

July 31, 2015

PIC BY MERCURY PRESS (PICTURED: DAVID SIMS ON HIS RALEIGH CHOPPER IN THE ALPS ON THE OFFICIAL TOUR DE FRANCE ROUTE) The man who rode the Tour de France route on a Raleigh Chopper was so ill and exhausted  by when he reached Paris he couldn’t get out of bed to see the race. Dave Sims rode over 1,600 miles on the route of the most hotly contested bike race in the world raising thousands for help for heroes. He also received a video message from Chris Froome and was treated by Team Sky's physios after an awkward ride left him with an ankle injury.  SEE MERCURY COPY

The man who rode the Tour de France route on a Raleigh Chopper was so ill and exhausted  by when he reached Paris he couldn’t get out of bed to see the race.

Dave Sims rode over 1,600 miles on the route of the most hotly contested bike race in the world raising thousands for help for heroes.

He also received a video message from Chris Froome and was treated by Team Sky’s physios after an awkward ride left him with an ankle injury.

And the personal trainer from Southport, Merseyside says he’s not done yet with plans for yet more trips to the Alps with his trusty Chopper later this year.

Dave said: “It was just pure exhaustion and fatigue, my body just said that’s enough. I was feeling pretty lousy on Sunday, my camp site was on actually the course and I couldn’t get out of bed to watch it.

“I finished the last stage in Paris and all the excitement and adrenaline wore off I guess, it’s certainly taken it’s toll on me. I’m just under 11 stone now and I’m usually 12, so I feel pretty lean.

“I was hoping to raise £5,000 for Help for Heroes but it’s on £6,500 now and still going up every day.”

Dave spent a whopping 117 hours in the saddle to complete the epic ride, battling mountain passes, dehydration, heat stroke and injury to reach Paris. Dave said finishing the last mountain, the legendary Alp d’Huez where Chris Froome sealed his win brought it’s own highs there were lews as well.