This summer, Hayesbrook’s Head of Humanities, Sebastian St John, completed a leg of the Tour de France for his 40th Birthday.

Mr. St John cycled the leg five days before the professionals raced the exact same ‘Queen’ stage of the 2015 tour, which was won by Britain’s Chris Froome. The leg was 140 km long, with two HC (Hors Categorie – a French term meaning ‘Above Category’; the hardest rating given to any climb), two category one mountains (hardest after HC) and one category two mountain.

Mr. St John said: “I suffered two punctures early in to the event, which put me close to the time cut-offs. I relied on a few characteristics that our best students have and that we as teachers, would like others to develop: being prepared to challenge yourself, determination to finish to the best of your ability and resilience to keep on pushing when things go wrong. Out of 15,000 starters only 8000 finished and I still feel pride in what I have achieved.”