Nine-Year-Old Alfie Sets Sights on France and Belgium!
We’re pleased to be able to help out nine-year-old Alfie Earl as he prepares for two big challenges – the Tour of Flanders sportive next month and riding from London to Paris.
Both might seem daunting, but Alfie has form. He climbed the Col du Tourmalet last summer when he was just eight, before then notching up Mont Ventoux and the Passo dello Stelvio within 48 hours in the autumn. He’s now getting support from Hargroves Cycles, as he takes his passion for cycling even further
Belgium’s cobbled bergs are considerably smaller, but Alfie is in training for the 141km Flanders route on 1st April with his sister, having already completed the 74km one when he was just seven!
Then on the second May Bank Holiday weekend, Alfie will set out with his dad and sister Saskia, 12, to ride more than 420km from London to Paris via Dover.
“We’ve had a look on the internet and as far as we can see no-one this young has ridden from London to Paris before, so I want to do it. We’re trying to raise money for charities too,” said Alfie, who lives in north London but whose family plans to relocate to West Sussex.
“I have been doing some training rides, mostly quite short so around 50 or 60km. And I have been learning how to use clipless pedals. Training Flanders and riding to Paris is different to riding in the mountains, I just had to get used to going up a long slope for hours but now I’m doing longer rides in the lanes and lots of flat,” he said.
“When I ride on cobbles I have to concentrate really hard on keeping pedalling and riding in a straight line, but that’s only on the really big and rough stones like on the Koppenberg.”
“I think it’s really exciting that Hargroves is going to help me out with some jerseys and parts and things, I just want to keep cycling and doing challenges, so long as I find it fun.”
We’re excited to follow his achievements and successes, and wish him luck for his future rides!