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Boxford man aims to complete gruelling four-day cycling challenge

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Andrew Sandars will ride more than 100km a day when he takes on the demanding Trois Etapes challenge from July 26 – 29 to raise money for the Walking Wounded charity.
The race, which encompasses three iconic alpine stages of the Tour de France, will see teams endure punishing uphill climbs of over 2,800 metres.
Mr Sandars, who works for private equity specialists LDC, admits he is nervous about the big ride.
“It’s very daunting as I’ve never done anything like this before. I’d describe myself as an enthusiastic novice cyclist, so this is going to be a big challenge,” he said.
He will ride in a team of eight, alongside World Champion para-cyclist Terry Byrne and TV adventurer and Guinness World Record breaking long-distance cyclist, Mark Beaumont.
Mr Byrne had to have his leg amputated below the knee after stepping on a a pressure pad of an explosive device while on night patrol in Afghanistan in 2008.
Mr Sandars added: “To ride alongside someone like Terry makes it clear to us exactly what we are riding for. The charity does an incredible job and it’s nice to be able to do something to help.”
The team hope to raise a combined total of £80,000 for the charity, which works to rehabilitate injured servicemen.
To sponsor Mr Sandars on his ride, visit

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