Jens Voigt is aiming to run seven marathons in seven days over January 2-8 2018 to raise funds for a cancer charity.
The German former professional rider is setting out to raise cash for Australian charity, Tour de Cure, running around his home city of Berlin.
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“I like to push my limits to see what my body and mind are capable of,” said Voigt. “This is perhaps the biggest challenge I have ever faced.
“And for the people who think I’m crazy – I never said that I am not.”
In January 2017, Voigt ‘Everested’ a climb in Berlin, riding up and down it 100 times to gain the altitude of Mount Everest. This meant him riding through the night and in a snowfall, and he raised over €25,000 for Tour de Cure in the process.
During his pro cycling career, which spanned 1997 to 2014, Voigt forged a name for himself as one of cycling’s hard men. Not only could be be relied upon by his team-mates to lend them solid support when it was needed, but he was also known for his exciting solo attacks.
And it was just such attacking riding – as well as his time trialling skills – that netted him many significant victories, including two stages of the Tour de France, a stage of the Giro d’Italia and overall wins in the Critérium International, Tour of Poland and Bayern-Rundfahrt, among others.
Now 46-years-old, Voigt hung up his wheels at the end of the 2014 season with Trek Factory Racing.
He has maintained a presence in cycling ever since, taking part in challenge rides and appearances for sponsors.