A keen cyclist is taking on his toughest challenge yet to raise money for charity.

Tom Flint is planning to cycle the last seven stages of the Tour de France in aid of the William Wates Memorial Trust.

The 30-year-old from Kemp Town, Brighton, will be spending a week in July cycling 600 miles in the French Alps.

It will be the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest two and a quarter times.

Mr Flint said: “It is going to be a real challenge and one of the hardest things I've done but it will be worth it.

“I've always enjoyed watching the Tour de France and so getting the chance to cover part of the course will be amazing.

“We'll be doing the stages a week before the main race itself.

“I'll be back home by the time they start but when I watch the race on TV I'll be able to understand just what each cyclist is going through as they tackle the hills.

“This is all for a good cause and I hope as many as people as possible can support me.”

Stretch to limit

The charity helps young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds steer clear from a potential life of crime through the arts, sport and music in the south east through supporting local organisations and groups.

Mr Flint said: “I am by no means a professional cyclist and only a keen amateur and so this challenge will be one which will stretch me to my limits.

“However this is nothing compared to the struggles faced by these young people each day.”

Mr Flint needs to raise a minimum of £1,200 in sponsorship for the trip.

A sponsored Zumbathon is being held to boost funds in the main hall at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College on March 9.

Tickets cost £5 and more details are available by calling 0771 822 3727.

To support Mr Flint, visit www.bmycharity.com/tomflint82

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