Rider marks 50th on toughest race

The Haute Route event.
The Haute Route event.

An Ampthill man is tackling one of the world’s highest and toughest cycling tests which comes to an end this weekend. Jon Friend chose to race the Dolomites mountain range during the three-stage Haute Route event to mark his 50th birthday. The race sees riders cycle seven days back-to-back on a course that covers a staggering 19,700 vertical metres of climbing between Geneva, Switzerland and the race finish in Venice.

The Haute Route has three sections with the Dolomites and Swiss Alps route at 906km, which started on Monday, August 31, and end this Sunday, September 6.

Jon is among a total of more than 1,500 amateur riders from all over the world taking part.

Individuals can enter to participate in a stage, or if they’re extremely daring, all three - which included crossings of the Pyrenees and Alps.