100 Club Riders
This summer a group of us called the ‘100 Club Riders’ are busily training to do a 4 day bike ride from close to Val D’Isere to Nice, or as we’re calling it, The Mountains to the Med.
It’s not a super long ride over four days, well 260 miles, but we’re following half of the famous Route des Grandes Alpes, which means basically two cols (mountain passes), a day and over 22,000 feet of climb.
Stages 17 (today) and 18 on July 20th and 21st of the Tour de France will be on this route, so you can see what we’ll be dealing with! http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/cycling/40094833
We’re hoping to raise vital training funds for Billy Major by sponsoring us on this ride. Everyone who is kind enough to donate any amount will join the 100 Club, which is featured on Billy’s website, www.billymajor.com.
If you could help, I would really appreciate your donation, just click on the link https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/billymajor and it’s really quick and simple.
You can leave a message of support on the page for us riders or for Billy, and of course the more people we get involved the better.
We’re aiming to raise between £5,000 & £8000 which would be nearly a quarter of his needs for this coming season and a great start.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, perhaps keep an eye on the MGS facebook page to see our progress through the summer.
Billy had a very nice end to a very long season of ski racing. After a successful week in Tignes at the British Championships, he was delighted to become British Men’s Alpine Champion 2017.
After a very short break, Billy started training again for next season. He will race between November and April, but from May until the end of October he is training with the British Europa Cup squad based in Austria.
Pre-season training and then winter racing involves a lot of travelling. Last year Billy skied in Austria, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Slovakia and South Korea; a lot of flying and hotels.
Equipment, travel, food, salaries for technicians and coaches together cost a lot of money – ski racing is very expensive.
British Ski and Snowboard subsidise a considerable amount, but the shortfall means each of the 4 young men in the Europa Cup team will have to find £33,500 this coming season.
With Dave Ryding doing well last year, and hopefully one or two of the Europa Cup boys breaking into World Cup or Olympic racing, the profile of British skiing will grow and with luck more money come into the sport either from lottery funding or commercial sponsors.
At the moment, however, Billy has to rely on family and friends. Without the money they have raised, he simply would not be able to race.