Sheffield dad rides the height of Mont Blanc

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.
Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.
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A Sheffield dad who cycled the height of Mont Blanc says he ‘delighted’ after raising £1,000 to buy African families bicycles.

Roger Gibbon, aged 40, cycled up 23 ascents of the gruelling Mam-Nick road-climb in the Peak District last month, which is equivalent to scaling all 4809 metres of Mont Blanc, in France.

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.

After completing the challenge, Roger has raised £1,093 for Qhubeka, a charity that provides bomb-proof bicycles to people in rural Africa who would otherwise need to walk long distances to access education, healthcare, shops and community services.

Roger, of Whirlow, said: “I’m delighted to have raised so much money for a truly amazing cause.

“This money will be enough for seven new bikes, which will make a huge difference to the lives of some of the poorest families in Africa.”

Roger said the hardest part of the challenge was overcoming the psychological barriers.

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.

He said: “About the 17th time up, it was getting incredibly hard and I was having to battle it in my mind.

“Luckily I got a second wind shortly after that, though, which allowed me to finish on a high note.

“It was very tough. The weather didn’t help either – it was very windy and kept throwing it down with rain intermittently.

“No pain, no game, though. It was about as tough as I predicted, but worth every bit of effort.”

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.

Roger Gibbon has completed 23 ascents of the Mam-Nick road-climb, the same as climbing Mont Blanc.

Roger, who works as an IT consultant, is a seasoned road cyclist and takes his fitness very seriously.