It’s a towering challenge.

But Huddersfield student Monica Mills and her pals are determined to raise thousands for charity with their efforts next week.

They are to set on a charity bike ride from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Blackpool Tower.

It’s a 500-mile ride and Monica, who did the ride last year, is determined to complete it again - raising money for Mind.

Monica is 21 and has been studying French at the University of London institute in Paris. She has just completed the final year of her three-year degree.

“I have chosen to do this challenge for a second year running because I feel that mental health affects many students and it is a charity close to my heart.

Monica Mills (centre in blue t-shirt) and the team tready for the Tower to Tower ride

“We have set ourselves the challenge of raising £10,000 and I will continue to do the ride until we reach it. My end goal in my cycling career is to ride the Tower to Tower to Tower, from Pisa to Paris and Blackpool.

“I am very interested in fitness and sports and often run obstacle races and love a challenge. I have run my own fitness classes in Paris aimed at students and people less able to afford expensive gym memberships called ‘Get sexy with monica’. I have also held classes in Greenhead Park for other students or women looking to get fit outdoors at a low cost. “

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Monica, whose family live in Lindley, is a former student at The Mount School and Wakefield Girls High School.

She is being joined on the ride by Callum Rye, Laura West, Sophie Boyle, Lizzie Da Costa and Ellie Clutton.

They will start at 5am on June 1 outside the Eiffel Tower and aim to cover up to 60 miles a day.

Monica Mills (far left) in Blackpool, with the tower in the background