About the Tour Challenge

In September 2014, I shall be solo riding, a full Tour de France route in aid of Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice (registered charity number: 1067125). I have planned the whole trip myself and will be self funding the entire trip in order that I can maximise the sponsorship received for the charity.

Julia’s house supports Dorset families with life-limited children, providing frequent respite care both in its Corfe Mullen-based hospice and in their own homes. Julia’s House is there year-round and in a crisis, offering emotional and practical support, emergency respite and end-of-life care. It supports the whole family, not just the sick child, organising social activities for parents and siblings. Government funding accounts for just 7.5 per cent of the £3.9m Julia’s House needs to raise in 2014 to run this vital free service

The cycling challenge consists of 21 official stages from the last 7 Tours and will involve around 3,400 kilometres of cycling over 23 days including 8 high category mountains. This is a gruelling challenge involving training rides covering hundreds of kilometres a week, whilst still having to earn a wage, not to mention having less time with the family, diet changes, ice baths and all the logistical complications which come with organising such a challenge.

If you want to keep up to date with my progress, please keep an eye on this blog.  If you would like further detail about the challenge, charity or would like to donate please checkout The Tour Challenge website.


Justin Hoffmann and the Julia’s House Team

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