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Cyclists to brave French mountains in memory of friend Lucy Monro.

Lucy Monro, who died while taking part in the UAE Coast to Coast Challenge

A team of cyclists is to take part in a gruelling ride over French mountains in memory of a rider who died while taking part in the UAE Coast to Coast Challenge earlier this year.

Lucy Monro, 50, the founder of the SWR cycling team -- named after one of the magazines that she edited and published -- was hit by two motorbikes and killed during the 216km Dubai to Fujairah event in February.

Eleven members of Team LMT, re-branded after Monro's death, will now attempt a ride called Lucy's Cent Cols Challenge through Cevennes and Massif Central.

The ride involves climbing 100 mountain passes in 11 days. Lucy's bike, which she nicknamed Buster, was desA[degrees]troyed in the crash that claimed her life.

But her brother Guy Townsend, a UK-based CEO who will be part of the ride, said that TREK Bicycles UAE and TREK USA have built a replica for the memorial trip.

The replica will be ridden by New Zealander Allan Greenfield, who has lived and worked in the UAE for almost 20 years, her brother said.

"Allan was Lucy's closest friend for many years and now leads Team LMT," Townsend added.

He said that his beloved sister "leaves a great big empty hole in so many lives, but we also have a multitude of wonderful memories of our time with her".

Monro was a keen rider -- be it cycling, horse racing, polo or endurance racing.

She was a regular competitor in the World Elephant Polo Championships and won gold there in 2014. The ride is also intended to raise funds for the Lucy Monro Memorial Trust, which helps people and animals in urgent need of assistance.

Townsend described the location of the ride as "fitting", adding, "Lucy loved the mountains."

But he admitted the ride was "a truly daunting task".

"It is covering 65 per cent of the distance and 100 per cent of the cumulative climbing of a Tour de France, but in less than half the time,"Cehe said.

Each rider will hopefully cover 2,000km and climb 40,000m.

The ride commences on Tuesday and the final day is Friday, October 9.

mahak@7days.ae

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