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Anything is possible! Chris Armishaw

Not so long ago Chris Armishaw, 50, who lives in Billericay, Essex and works for Sainsbury’s Property Division, was a self-confessed ‘armchair cycling fan’. Watching the sport on TV and following the Tour de France, he hadn’t ridden a bike since his teens.

Now, eight years on, he is a qualified British Cycling Coach, has twice completed the Race Across the Dolomites in Italy and has raised an incredible £28,000 for Action Medical Research by attempting the world’s toughest cycling challenge – Race Across America (RAAM).

It didn’t stop there for Chris. In 2013 he decided to ride 21 stages of the Tour de France for Action. He clocked up around 2,300 miles (115 miles per day) and spent around 170 hours in total in the saddle over 18 days.

Chris rides every day even if it is only on his turbo trainer during the cold winter months. Each weekend he clocks up 60-70 miles on the road both Saturday and Sunday. Although a keen cycle club rider, Chris also makes sure he trains solo to prepare for the particular conditions and challenge of his ride.

Chris will be taking on both the Maratona Dles Dolomites and TransAm3000 – his own version of Ride Across America this year.


London to Paris

The event that reignited Chris's interest in cycling and began the relationship with Action Medical Research.

After this, Chris begins riding consistently and quickly aims to become a great endurance cyclist by improving his technique and training.


London to Paris

Chris returns for a second year. Now a club rider with a decent road bike, Chris quickly makes his way to the front of the group.


London to Paris

Chris's third L2P. He is now a decent club cyclist undertaking sportives and tours and taking part in training camps.



Chris takes part in RIDE24, a 24 hour team cycling challenge in aid of Action Medical Research. He completes 135 laps, covering 324 miles!



Chris assembles an impressive support team and takes on the RAAM, regarded as one of the world's most difficult cycling events.


Tour de France route

Chris completes 21 stages of the Tour de France and becomes one of the first amateurs to do so.


London to Paris in 24 hours

Chris successfully leads a group to Paris in 24 hours for Action Medical Research; the first time that the charity has run the 24 hours route.

The group cycled 235 miles across the East Sussex and French countryside before reaching the French capital.


Maratona Dles Dolomites

The formidable Maratona becomes Chris's next challenge and further extends his association with Action Medical Research.



Chris takes on the Cross America ride known as TRANSAM, organising his own schedule, support, sponsorship and logistics.

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