A VALE of Clwyd mum and son have completed an epic Alpine challenge - and they've also tackled one of the most iconic routes in cycling.

In their very own Tour de France, Llandyrnog mum and son Libby Glazebrook and Arran White have been in the Alps with their bikes and camping kit to take on a major fundraising journey, called Seize the Fish.

Arran undertook the challenge to raise money for Dementia UK, while Cancer Research UK benefited from Libby's energetic efforts.

They dynamic duo cycled the Route Des Grandes Alpes to Nice.


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Libby said: "We finished in Nice as planned on July 30.

"The total distance was 675km with 11750m of uphill.

"We were cycling by 7.30am every day due to the heatwave in France.

"But even so, it was still very hard going."

With the temperature going up and to avoid cycling on two days where it reached 38C, the duo opted to go around two mountain ranges rather than cycling over them.

Libby added: "We scaled the big climbs - the Iseran and Galibier from the valley floor are around 2,000m of up!"

What goes up must come down, though, and they were then rewarded with some 50km of descent.

"The descents of tbe last three cols - the Izoard, Vars and Cayolle - were stunning," said Libby.


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And Libby was sneaky in her efforts to try and slow Arran down!

"Arran just got stronger and stronger.

"He was overtaking cyclists who were just carrying their water bottles!

"I found it tough and kept adding weight to his cycling luggage to slow him down!"

They were still in the Alps earlier this week, doing some ski lift-assisted mountain biking.

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On Monday, they had the chance to tackle Alpe d'Huez.

"Arran and I did the 21 bends road climb of Alpe d’huez," said Libby.

"Arran finished in a very respectable one hour and 27 minutes."

So far, they have raised £2,000 from their amazing efforts.

On the reason for taking on the major challenge, Libby said before they headed out: "Well my lovely mum passed away this year, good friends have been very unwell, I am not getting any younger and Arran will, in a few years, be leaving the nest.


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"Time for a bit of Carpe Diem. Hence the name 'seize_ the_fish'.

"We thought that others could benefit from our cycling suffering so we are raising money for two charities that support illnesses that have affected people we love.

"Arran is raising money for Dementia UK and for me it's Cancer Research UK.

"Just Giving doesn’t allow money to be split between two charities whilst also receiving Gift Aid so I have created two fundraising pages and linked them.

"You can choose which to donate to, I would have split the money 50/50.

"I realise money is tight right now but if you can sponsor us that would be really appreciated – and it will motivate us to keep grinding those pedals up the 10 per cent gradients on some of the climbs."

People can sponsor them at https://www.justgiving.com/team/seizethefish