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Mark Thistlewood and Simon Chiswell ride over the Alps in aid of BAPAM

Mark Thistlewood plays double bass with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He and his bassoonist friend Simon Chiswell raised £1000 in aid of BAPAM and Cancer Research UK in July 2007 by doing a sponsored cycle ride from Thonon, Lake Geneva to Antibes on on the Côte d'Azur.

This famous cycling challenge through the French and Italian Alps (a sister ride to the Raid Pyrénéan) is promoted as a ride of 712km (445 miles), climbing 31 cols, totalling 17485m of ascent. The route takes in many notorious climbs, including the Col d'Izoard (2360m) and the two highest road points in Europe – the Col de l'Iseran (2764m) and the Col de la Bonette (2802m).

‘It was a stunning journey through the French Alps, often following the 'Routes des Grandes Alpes' – great views of snow-capped Mont Blanc, rugged mountain scenery on the high climbs, deep gorges and an increasing Mediterranean feel as you head south. We has a day on the beach as a reward at the end. And we only had two punctures!’

Needless to say, they didn't take their instruments on the ride. Here's a picture of them wearing outfits they wouldn't wear on the concert platform.

Mark Thistlewood and Simon Chiswell on theirsponsored cycle ride from Thonon, Lake Geneva to Antibes on on the Côte d'Azur.

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If you'd like to do something adventurous in aid of BAPAM, our JustGiving page makes the whole process really easy.

If you'd like to organise a fund raising event, for instance a concert or other performance, please get in touch with us directly. Contact or call 020 7404 5888.