Chopper charity rider causes bemusement on Tour de France mountains

When Dave Sims rode the 2015 Tour de France route on a Raleigh Chopper, it didn't please everyone to be passed by a bloke on a vintage kid's bike. Photos by Dave Sims/Team Chop

Dave Sims riding the route of the 2015 Tour de France

(Image credit: Dave Sims)

Imagine your reaction to being overtaken on Alpe d’Huez’s first hairpin bend by a Raleigh Chopper.

“Yeah, people weren’t always happy. They’d shake their head and mutter a few swear words.”

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.