I am perhaps not the best prepared person to be taking on the Tour de Force - I have never really cycled before, and then over the summer, I sprained my ankle really badly, meaning that my fitness levels have dropped quite a lot as I haven't managed to keep up with the sports I usually play. I've also had exams to study for, which has meant I've had to put off starting my training even further. So this is going to be quite a challenge!
While it will undoubtedly be tough, I am really looking forward to it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and imagine being able to tell people in years to come that you've done it! We have a great team and a really good team spirit, so I think we will have fun along the way. All of our work colleagues are part of the Leathers Tour de France team, whether they're actually riding in the Tour or not. There is so much excitement and such support that it makes you feel you can do it.
I am looking forward to challenging myself - I have taken on quite a few stages of the Tour because I thought that if I was going to do it, I really wanted to push myself. It's going to be great taking this on with my friends and colleagues, and of course it will be special doing it alongside my dad Michael, so I am really looking forward to June. The training will start with a vengeance in the new year!