Beth along with Matty, Andy J, James, Heather and Andi T made up the team from Birmingham riding from London to Paris raising money for the construction of the school in Uganda. The aim was to try and raise a minimum of £2500, but so far we have totally smashed that total.
The ride took the group from Bexley in south London, making our way south through the beautiful English countryside. Up and down its long, and at times very steep hills, riding through towns and villages downwards toward Dover. An evening ferry crossing a d a quick sleep for some, we arrived in Calais, a short coach trip and we were soon at our hotel in Dieppe, France. After a brief nights sleep, we set off again from Dieppe, towards Gournay en Bray.
Today was a shorter day, winding through the streets of Dieppe before hitting the open green countryside, with some hills, but not like the English ones. However, we are now in France, the roads are smoother, the drivers more respectful of the cyclists. This was certainly more enjoyable now! The rolling hills and flats in France were ideal for riding. The rain started to fall, but it wasn’t stopping us now. This was beautiful riding. A smooth ride today, with various short stops in little villages, grabbing a quick snack to refuel before setting off again.
Day 3, was the longest day, setting off at 7am. Legs feeling heavy but we knew today, we would reach the Effiel Tower. Despite this and arrows pointing the way for us, it didn’t stop Andi from taking a different route and end up getting lost. He had to be rescued by the backup team before joining us again at the next snack stop. Heavy rain and very strong winds batted against us throughout the day, the headwind made it all the more difficult. After a long struggle with the wind, we arrived at our lunch break. A quick meal, some grabbed some more sleep or shall we say, ‘fell asleep’ and the rest tweaked their bikes ready for the last leg of the jounrey.
We set off again, this time with the Tower in mind. We regroup as a main group with all 44 cyclists together before heading off into the main towns on the outskirts of Paris. We cycled together and came into sight of the tower. Excited and exhausted, we were pleased to be here and finally could relax after a huge 3 days of cycling, early starts and heavy legs. What an achievement for all…