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Tigers man Gary's mountainous Tour de France task

Leicester Tigers head of communications Gary Sherrard is all set to take on a gruelling stage of the Tour de France in the latest of our Tiger Hunt images.

Gary flew the flag for Tigers before taking on this year’s L’Etape du Tour, a punishing 181km route in the Alps which started in Briançon and finished at the top of the 2,360m Col d’Izoard.

"It’s a tough way to spend a day in the Alps!"

Tigers head of media Gary Sherrard

The Etape is an organised mass participation event that allows amateur cyclists to take on the same route as a Tour de France stage. Around 15,000 cyclists took part in this year’s event, including Tigers legend Martin Johnson.

The Tour de France cyclists, including three-time winner and current holder of the leader’s yellow jersey Chris Froome, will tackle the route on Stage 18 on Thursday.

Gary Sherrard Etape
Gary Sherrard finds his name on the Etape name wall

Gary, a member of Leicester's Ratae Road Club, said: “It’s a tough way to spend a day in the Alps but chances to ride the same routes as the pros, with no other traffic, are few and far between.

“I had to suffer in the heat and you could fill a swimming pool with the amount of water I drank.

“One of the first people I saw at the finish line was from Sleaford Rugby Club and Tigers was, of course, the first topic of conversations!”

Tigers are asking supporters to get involved in our Tiger Hunt by sharing their photos in club colours from holidays, days out and occasions throughout the summer months.

Email your photos to [email protected], tweet @LeicesterTigers on Twitter, share with @LeicesterTigers on Instagram or post to our Facebook page. And don't forget to wear your Tigers colours or fly your Tigers flag.