24th May, 2018

Rugby teacher completes 'insane' Alps cycling challenge for second year running

AN ‘INSANE’ cycling challenge through the Alps has been completed by a Rugby teacher for the second year running.

Music teacher Jake Collins from Avon Valley School is recovering after taking part in the gruelling 894km Haute Alps Cycle Route during the summer holidays to raise funds for his school.

The infamous seven-day challenge began in Nice, France, and ended in Geneva, Switzerland, and included 22,200 metres of uphill climbing.

The money raised will go towards a large scale production that will give students the opportunity to perform on stage.

Jake said: “This year’s event was – by the organiser’s own admission – the hardest yet. It was at times quite simply bordering on the insane.

“However, when you are riding through such awe-inspiring landscapes, going up the same mountains as the professionals in the Tour de France, suddenly it becomes manageable and at times almost enjoyable!

“I’ve received donations exceeding £500 through the crowdfunding page set up in the school’s name on the website Just Giving. The funds which have been kindly donated will directly benefit the students and will be added to the money put forward by the school for this year’s show.”

Headteacher Alison Davies said: “Jake’s achievement is very impressive and I am delighted for him as I know he’s done a lot of training.

“It been nice to see ex-students, parents, and staff donate funds which will go towards making this year’s school show even better for the youngsters involved.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/avonvalleyschool to help fund the school performance.

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