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Injured servicemen take on Trois Etapes

A team of injured servicemen will push their bodies to the limit in the punishing Trois Etapes cycle race to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded.

TV adventurer and Guinness World Record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont will captain a team of injured servicemen as they embark upon the imposing Trois Etapes challenge; a three day cycle race - 29th, 30th and 31st July - which encompasses three iconic alpine stages of the Tour de France and requires competitors to cycle over 100km per day and teams will have to endure punishing uphill climbs in excess of 2,800m. Day 2 requires cyclists to take on the legendary Alpe d’Huez stage which is both respected and feared by professional cyclists when they compete in the Tour de France.

Beaumont will be joined in the Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes Cycle Team by three severely injured servicemen and representatives of companies who are supporting the team and have become instrumental in raising funds for Walking With The Wounded. The six-strong team will be racing against seven other teams to collectively raise over £1million for charity.Team member Don Maclean was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan whilst serving with the Royal Marines; the blast was so severe that it shattered all of the bones in his lower legs. Following 11 operations Don was able to get back into the saddle and competed in the Race Across America and is looking forward to the awesome Trois Etapes challenge: “It’s quite daunting when you look at the distances and climbs, but this Walking With The Wounded team is highly motivated. We will definitely push ourselves through the pain barrier”.

Following the 2011 North Pole trek and the assault on Mt Everest earlier this year, the Trois Etapes is another challenge in a series of remarkable expeditions for Walking With The Wounded. Cofounder of the charity, Ed Parker, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with LDC, A-Gas and Matrix for the Trois Etapes race. The wounded guys in this team are still overcoming their injuries in lots of ways, so it’s incredible that they are facing up to such an immense physical and mental challenge. It just goes to show what can be achieved given the right support - we’re hugely proud of them and can’t wait to see them in the Alps on their bikes”.

This challenge will see a brand new aspect to the hugely active military charity and will engage a whole new audience and highlight the good work which is done to re-skill and re-train wounded service personnel across the UK.

This on-going mission to support those who have been injured during military service has found new supporters this year. "At LDC we're delighted to be supporting such a great charity in the forthcoming Trois Etapes. Equally the support for the team from both Matrix Control Solutions and A-Gas has been outstanding. Seeing the wounded soldiers take on the mountains will be an inspiring sight for all those taking part in this challenge, and will undoubtedly leave an impression on all of us" - Rob Pendleton, Marketing Director at LDC.

The Team

Mark Beaumont

Team captain, TV adventurer and Guinness World Record breaker (for his unsupported global circumnavigation cycle ride). Mark’s experience and adventurous cycling exploits make him the perfect person to lead the team.

Don Maclean

Injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) inAfghanistanwhilst serving with the Royal Marines. The blast was so severe that it shattered all of the bones in his lower legs, requiring 11 operations to save his limbs.

Craig Preece

Whilst serving inAfghanistanwith 21 Engineer Regiment, Craig was injured by an IED blast which  destroyed the vehicle he was in and killed four other soldiers and left one paralysed.

Rab Smedley

As an officer in the Parachute Regiment, in 2008 Rab suffered near fatal injuries whilst ski training inFrancewhich included multiple spinal fractures and severe trauma to the head and abdomen.

Peter Latham

Investment Manager at A-Gas, which is a team sponsor and proud supporter of Walking With The Wounded. A keen sportsman, Peter said, “I can’t wait to test my mental and physical strength”.

Simon Oldfield

Chief Financial Officer at Matrix, which is a team sponsor and proud supporter of Walking With The Wounded. “What a great opportunity for me personally and a fantastic chance to raise money for Walking With The Wounded”.

Left to right: Rab Smedley, Simon Oldfield, Mike Westwell, Mark Beaumont,Don Maclean, Peter Latham, Craig Preece