Linlithgow man set to cycle from Paris to Nice

Adrian O'neill is cycling from Paris to Nice for Parkinson's UK
Adrian O'neill is cycling from Paris to Nice for Parkinson's UK

A Linlithgow man is set to push himself to the limit as he attempts to complete a massive charity challenge.

Adrian O’Neill, an IT consultant in Edinburgh, is gearing up to cycle from Paris to Nice.

The trip will see him cycle almost 700 miles over just nine days.

In training for the event, he has cycled to work in the capital during the week, which is a 34-mile round trip.

However, once Adrian is in France he is aiming to do a whopping 80-100 miles a day.

The closest he has come to completing that amount is at the weekend when he cycles 50-70 miles.

Adrian said: “I have been training now since February, mostly on my own. I have also been taking part in weekend runs with West Lothian Clarion and those have really helped. In May I completed the 80-mile Caledonian Etape.

“I feel ready for the distance.”

Adrian is leaving for the French capital on September 7 and is keen to get going.

He said: “I am both excited and nervous. Climbing through the Alps is worrying, it will really test my legs and fitness. It is going to be a great experience.”

He is raising money for Parkinson’s UK after his father, Neil O’Neill, was diagnosed with the disease nine years ago.

Adrian said: “The diagnosis has had a traumatic effect on his mobility, health and overall quality of life. I’d like to see this disease eradicated and I believe Parkinson’s UK has the ability to help make this a reality.”

The route chosen for the cycle will take Adrian to Nice via the Alps and Geneva. It also includes one of the most famous climbs included in the Tour De France.

He added: “The route will take in some amazing countryside but also some very hard hills, including the renowned Col De Faucille. There is a 26-mile downhill at the end, however.”

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