Chelsea agent gears up for epic charity cycling challenge

Russell Simpson director Leo Russell and friend George Staggs will be tackling some of the toughest climbs in the world over the next 20 days, as they push their bodies to the extreme in aid of mental health awareness charity James’ Place

Top Chelsea estate agent Leo Russell has set off on a gruelling 2,000 mile cycle challenge across Europe in aid of charity.

The Russell Simpson director and his friend George Staggs will be tackling a total of nine mountains across central Europe over the next 20 days; their brutal route takes in 50,000 metres of elevation – over five times the height of Mount Everest – and is said to be more challenging than last year’s Tour de France (held over 23 days).

The aim is to raise funds and awareness for mental health charity James’ Place, which was founded by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley, after they tragically lost their twenty-one-year-old son, James, to suicide.

The intrepid duo set out yesterday morning, beginning the first stage at the Gross Glockner, Austria’s highest mountain, which will be followed by an ascent of the infamous Monte Zoncolan in Italy – widely regarded as the toughest climb in Europe, if not the world…

You can follow the route here and donate via the following link: justgiving.com/ninemountains