Kenneth Rogers, from Dunfermline, took on L’Étape Du Tour challenge after he lost his father to kidney cancer in 2017 and grandmother to adenocarcinoma in 2018.
Kenneth Roger’s father and grandmother died from cancer within the space of a year. He was determined to face up to a new and inspiring challenge to remember them whilst raising awareness for Kidney Cancer Scotland. This came in the form of the L’Etape Du Tour – a mass participation event where 15,000 amateur cyclists get to ride a stage of the world-famous Tour de France.
The event took place on 8th July, which saw Kenneth battle through 29-degree heat for ten and a half hours to complete the 169km course.
Raising over £1,100 for Kidney Cancer Scotland, Kenneth trained for seven months in preparation, he said of his challenge: “After my dad passed away, his battle with kidney cancer was described as ‘one fought with great fortitude’. I think those words will stay with me forever and it is that description that inspired me to take on such a challenge. I thought it would be an amazing experience, and when I wanted to do something in memory of my dad and grandmother, this event immediately came to mind. I knew it would be a real challenge and would push me hard. It’s been a great test and experience for me personally.”
Karen McNee, Principle for Kidney Cancer Scotland, said: “What Kenneth has done here is inspiring. Keith was a great friend and supporter to Kidney Cancer Scotland. L’Étape Du Tour is such a long and difficult challenge, so we’re hugely proud of him and for supporting us with his fundraising, in memory of his father and grandmother”.
You can support Kenneth’s ride at his JustGiving page by clicking here.