An orthopaedic specialist from one of the UK’s leading referral practices is to follow in the tracks of the greats as he attempts a gruelling cycling challenge for charity.

Andy Moores, specialist at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Winchester, Hampshire, is to take on L’Etape du Tour on July 20.

The challenge – which covers 150km as well as two mountains, including the legendary 2,100m Col du Tourmalet – is no mean feat, considering the pros taking part in the Tour de France will be doing the same route just a few days later.

Mr Moores – who is a keen cyclist, having completed charity rides before – is doing the challenge for Mission Rabies, the Luke Gamble-led initiative to control the disease in parts of the world where it is still a big killer.

“It is estimated that 100 children are killed by rabies every day – almost all cases being caused by dog bites,” said Mr Moores. “Killing the stray dog population does not work as new infected dogs just move into the vacated area.

“Mass vaccination is the more effective strategy,” he continued. “It’s a win-win situation. The dogs don’t have an unpleasant death and the local children are much less likely to get this horrific and fatal disease.”

Mr Moores is self-funding the trip, so “every penny raised goes to the charity”, he said.

To donate to Mr Moores, visit his JustGiving page.

For more information on Mission Rabies, visit the charity’s website.

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