Sims is part of Team Chop, comprised of three other riders, who will set out from Utrecht on July 2, just two days before the Tour’s Grand Départ.
Team Chop promise to complete the 21 stages, including two time trials and seven mountain-top finishes in exactly the same way the professionals do in exactly the same number of days.
“People told me the chopper can’t climb mountains. It did. People told me it can’t descend at speed. It did. I got told I can’t do the Etape Du Tour on a chopper. I did. I get told I can’t do the Tour De France on a chopper. I WILL,” Sims says on the Team Chop website.
The ride will raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity close to Sims’ heart having met an ex-service woman in Mallorca who hand-cycled up one of the island’s biggest mountains.
“When I’m in a dark place on my sixth consecutive mountain stage I hope to remember our encounter and display the sheer single mindlessness that she demonstrated,” he said on the team website.
“If I could use this project to help fund specially adapted sporting equipment, like this lady was using, then this would make my Tour De France chopper ride so much more meaningful.”
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