This post was written 12 months ago and therefore may not be as accurate as more recent posts.

Julian Ferrier will be cycling up and down some ‘brutal’ mountains as he raises money for Bury Hospice – continuing the fundraising he started more than 20 years ago.

Julian is partner at Pearson Ferrier Estate Agents in Ramsbottom and first took part in the London Marathon for Bury Hospice in 1994.

“I chose Bury Hospice then because of an old work colleague whose family had benefitted from the hospice back in 1994,” said Julian, 48.

“Since then I have met inspirational people involved with the hospice over the years, including Les Ratcliffe.”

From those days of running, he has since ‘got on his bike’ and most recently rode the Alps from Geneva to Nice in 2015 fundraising for Bury Hospice.

This time Julian has taken on a new adventure and, as well as Bury Hospice, Julian will also raise money for Bolton Lads and Girls Club – a charity some of his fellow cyclists are involved with and a place where he carries out some mentoring work with the young people there.

Julian’s new adventure involves another European Challenge – cycling through the beautiful, but at times brutally steep, Italian Dolomites heading from Bergamo to Venice.

“It’s entirely self-funded and any donations made will go straight to the charities I am raising money for,” said Julian.

“Some of this route is on The 100th Giro D’Italia, which is the Italian equivalent of The Tour de France.

“Our trip in 2015 through The Alps from Geneva to Nice took me into the mountains for the first time, which for someone who is scared of heights is quite an experience – some of the climbs being in excess of 30km’s in length. Going up wasn’t too bad but the views on the descents at times could be a little hairy!

“The climbing in The Dolomites is going to be slightly shorter and tougher and, from what I am told by our mentors, at times brutal.

“In order to complete such a challenge, it does require a certain level of fitness and with my colleagues taking part, we have been training non-stop, heading out on black and wintry evenings and getting up in the early hours to complete longer weekend training rides.

“This is most definitely a challenge for me and I am proud yet again to raise money for Bury Hospice and Bolton Lads and Girls Club.”

Julian will also be riding in memory of a friend Jonathan Lee, who rode through the Alps with him but was killed this year cycling home from work.

“Jon was a top bloke, a gentle giant who rode with us through the Alps. For a big lad on a bike he never lost his humour climbing the mountainous roads we traversed. “

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