A FATHER and son are set to pile on the pedal power to raise money for charity.

John and Luke Noakes, pictured, will be among hundreds of cyclists on the Pedal to Paris bike ride, which begins in London on September 4 and ends at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on September 7.

John, 57, said: “I have been training for about six months in preparation for this ride and although I am apprehensive I am really excited about it.”

John, a marketing director, and his son Luke, 26, who lives in London, will cover 460km during the ride, which is in aid of The Royal British Legion. This is the Legion’s 19th annual Pedal to Paris event and is the only charity ride to be escorted into the French capital by police outriders.

The ride culminates in a memorial service at the Arc de Triomphe which is shut especially for the legion’s cyclists. The only other cycling event that receives this honour is the Tour de France.

The Noakes men have already smashed their original fundraising target of £1,600, raising £2,300 so far, but they will continue to raise cash.

John, of Otterbourne Walk, Sherfield-on-Loddon, said: “Hopefully, people will continue to donate. Luke works for the Legion so we are both very aware of the good work that it does.”

To sponsor John and Luke, visit justgiving.com/Luke-John.