Patent Attorney sets sights on cycling challenge
9th December 2015
A Sheffield based Intellectual Property specialist is swapping his business suit for lycra in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds by taking part in a four day charity cycling adventure which will see him pedal from London to Paris.
Chartered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney Howard Lock and founder of Killamarsh-based Howard Lock Intellectual Property Ltd is hoping to complete a 500km challenge, which will see him cycle via Dover, Dunkirk and through the picturesque French countryside, before completing his challenge in Paris, to raise money on behalf of the Alzheimer's society. A lifelong cycling enthusiast, Howard decided to embark on the challenge in memory of his late father who passed away earlier this year. During the four day cycle, Howard will be will be covering approximately 125km each day. Howard's challenge will take place between from 20th July to 24th July 2016, culminating in cycling down the Champs-ElysÃ©es before finishing his challenge at the Eiffel Tower. Howard will cycle through Paris the day before the 2016 Tour de France ends in the city. Although the event is several months away, Howard is already in training and trying to spend as much time in the saddle as he can in preparation for the trip. Howard Lock, founder of Howard Lock Intellectual Property Ltd, said: -I have always been a keen cyclist and have always enjoyed taking part in long rides as a way to relax, but these days my fitness leaves a lot to be desired! After a challenging cycling trip usually I need a few days to recover and I think one of the hardest parts of the challenge will be stepping back into the saddle each day. -Cycling over 100km a day is going to be tough for me and I'm already training so that, hopefully, I'll be ready for the challenge. I'm sure that there will be a great atmosphere in the city as it gears up to host the climax of the Tour de France. -I felt taking part in the challenge was a fitting way to remember my father and to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, a charity which provided an enormous amount of support to my parents during his illness. I couldn't think of a better way of giving back to them than taking part in this cycle challenge. Howard is hoping to raise over £1500 for the Alzheimer's society and donations can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/Howard-Lock/