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Nine-year-old London boy who conquered Stelvio and Ventoux to ride London-Paris

Alfie Earl from Islington plans to pop a wheelie when he hits the Champs-Elysees

A nine-year-old cyclist who has conquered some of cycling’s toughest climbs will this month tick another item off a list that could have been compiled by someone five times his age – typically with the word ‘bucket’ prefacing it – when he rides from London to Paris.

Last year, Alfie Earl from Islington climbed Italy’s Passo dello Stelvio and France’s Mont Ventoux inside 48 hours. Previously, he had scaled the Col du Tourmalet in the French Pyrenees.

> Nine-year-old boy climbs Ventoux and Stelvio inside 48 hours

And for good measure, Alfie Earl from Islington also plans to ride up the Col du Galibier ahead of his tenth birthday later this year.

On his London to Paris ride, which starts on Saturday 27 May, the St Joan of Arc Primary School pupil will be raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, reports the Islington Gazette.

“I’ve ridden up some of the hardest mountains in the world but this is different because we need to pedal more than 80 miles some days,” said Alfie, who attends St John of Arc Primary School.

“I am determined to prove that we can do it though and when we get to the Champs Elysses I’m going to pull a wheelie.”

Alfie’s parents and his sister Saskia, aged 12, who goes to St Mary Magdalene Academy, will also be taking part in the ride.

She said: “We’re training hard, going on rides in the countryside for 40 or 50 miles almost every weekend.

“I will have a really good go at getting all the way to Paris but it depends on how strong I am.

“I feel nervous because I know what a big thing it is to do but I’m trying to keep that out of my mind and concentrate on how happy I will feel when I see the Eiffel Tower.”

One other member of the family will also be riding some of the route – Alfie and Saskia’s brother Ivan, who is aged eight.

 “I am not letting them have all the glory,” he explained.

The family was bitten by the cycling bug when dad Steve rode London to Paris to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital after Ivan had life-saving open heart surgery there when he was aged two and a half.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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