A woman from Marlow has cycled the length of the Tour de France and has ‘climbed Mount Everest’ to raise awareness of gender inequality issues in cycling.

Louise Gibson, who works as a global events manager in the town, achieved both feats in just six days, with the amateur cyclist peddling 3,484km for the Tour de France length, and 8,848m when cycling up Mount Everest.

Both tasks were completed virtually.

Louise, who is a member of the InternationElles, an international group of amateur women cyclists said: “We’re thrilled to have completed the challenge, the Tour de France distance relay was tough, but we were able to complete it as a team.

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“The Everesting was one of the most incredible days I’ve had on my bicycle and I’m so proud all five of our UK-based riders as managed to complete it together.

“The climb was amazing and the weather was on our side. I’m delighted that even though we weren’t able to go to France we were able to keep the conversation going about the inequalities that exist in cycling.

“Our challenge has coincided with exciting indications that a women’s stage race will take place in France in 2022 and we await a full announcement with great anticipation.

“While it is certainly a step in the right direction the InternationElles campaign has always been more than just a women’s Tour de France and we will continue to keep the pressure on for more developments within women's cycling to try and close the gender gap.”

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The cyclists first completed a four-day, non-stop team relay of 3,484km from home on static bikes before five UK-based riders then took on the Everesting challenge.

They climbed the full 8,848 metres of Mount Everest in just 18 hours on Friday, September 4, to join a group of only 446 female riders from around the world who have successfully completed this incredible feat of stamina and perseverance.