Paul Denning starts charity cycle challenge

Crescent FIXI Suzuki World Superbike Team Principal Paul Denning is on his way to Italy to take part in the third stage of the Dallaglio-Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012 with the intention of raising money for three worthy charities.

Denning will team up with England Cricket legend Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff and Rugby International Lawrence Dallaglio, plus over 60 other riders, for a demanding five-day, almost 600-kilometre cycle ride through the Italian Alps. Denning has been trying to squeeze enough training in to prepare for the arduous trek and will now embark on what is a completely new and potentially-daunting experience for the 45-year old father of two.

The third of the Cycle Slam 2012 stages ( ) is a five-day ascent up and through the Italian Alps, covering a total of 562km (352 miles) and a climbing a colossal 6,567m (21,568ft) through the picturesque mountains. It starts on May 4th, but the overall Cycle Slam 2012 event began its journey on April 23rd from the birth place of the Olympic Games at Olympia in Greece, culminating on May 18th at London's Olympic Stadium; the venue of the 2012 Olympics.

The Dallaglio-Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012 has already raised almost over £1.3m and with advanced pledges and money raised throughout the month-long event, it will almost certainly surpass its fundraising target total of £2.012m. Denning, along with all other riders taking part, have committed to raise in excess of £3000 each for the many charities that will benefit from this amazing adventure. All the riders involved have paid for their own place on the Cycle Slam to cover transportation and accommodation, so all monies collected by those participating will all go directly to the charities.For details of how to donate online, or by text, see all the information (below) as well as full details on the Dallaglio-Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012.

Paul Denning:

"A rather alcohol infused evening in December led me into signing up for stage three of the Dallaglio-Flintoff Cycle Slam, but come January of this year I still hadn't even ridden a road racing bicycle with drop handlebars at any time in my life - let alone done any serious training! Everything has been very new to me - including the Lycra! - and I can't be at all sure that my lungs or legs are at all prepared for five days straight riding in the Alps - particularly as the first day is 160km with around 2500m of vertical climb! I think that is quite a challenge for an inexperienced cyclist and would normally be rewarded with a week in bed afterwards, but with the Cycle Slam you've got to carry on through the mountains for another four days! That said, I'm really looking forward to it as it will be a completely new experience for me and a chance to raise some funds for some very worthwhile charities."

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