A MAN who had a major operation on his spine last year began a 260-mile cycle from Henley to Paris today (Friday).
David Walker, 42, of Harpsden Road, Henley, is raising money for Cancer Research. He decided to take part in the challenge after he was forced to give up rowing last July following the surgery.
He will be riding with Nick French, 42, of Niagara Road, Henley, and 15 colleagues at development consultancy Peter Brett Associates in Reading. They hope arrive in Paris on Sunday.
Mr Walker said: “This is a major physical challenge anyway but for me it will be even more so. Coming back from the surgery to take on a challenge like this is a big deal.”
He has been loaned a carbon-fibre road bike by Rob Griffiths, who runs cycling shop Athlete Service in Henley Enterprise Park.