They may have an average age of 90 years old but that is not stopping a group of care home residents from taking on the Grand Départ.
The 24 residents at Meadow Court in Slaithwaite have been putting pedal to the metal to cycle the 124 miles of the stage two route as part of a tag team effort, which they hope to complete before the race hits the town next weekend.
They have been taking it in turns to put in the distance from the arguably more comfortable seats of their own arm chairs, thanks to the home’s mini pedal machine.
One resident, Sheila Hobson, has even clocked up 10 miles on her own, after getting caught up in the Tour de France fever.
Their challenge was organised by activity co-ordinator, Lesley Balmforth, and is just one of several the home has planned for the event, which will travel through nearby Holme Valley on July 6, to help keep residents fit and active.
She said: “Although we are not on the route for the Tour de France our residents were very keen to get involved in it, so we came up with the idea of this challenge.
“We have asked residents’ families to sponsor them to take part and we hope to use the money to get even more equipment for the home.
“So far we have managed to clock up around 70 miles and are determined to complete the rest of the distance.
“One of our ladies who is registered blind has also crocheted the French flag and helped to make a banner for our dining room and all the staff will be dressed up in French or English costumes at our fayre on July 12.
“They are so interested in the tour and are really enjoying taking part in all the activities, which is brilliant.”
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