Early one damp, September, London morning three brave souls, Craig Evans, Dan Smith and Peter Woolven from Adgenda Media, donned their biking gear and headed off to Chrystal Palace for the start of the London to Paris bike ride challenge.
This is Craig’s account:
‘Without having any road cycling experience, the London to Paris ride was always something that tickled my fancy…..I imagined breezing through the flat sunny French countryside – how hard could it be, right?
Turns out that vision was pretty much spot on (if you don’t mention the terrible British roads, the miserable weather, getting back into the saddle after 100 miles the previous day and the many many hills!)
After 5 months of training rides every weekend in rain or shine we set off from Crystal Palace at 7am on our way to the ferry at Dover. 100 miles and almost 12 hours later we arrived in Calais to what can only be described as a downpour, and by the time we reached the hotel wet through and sore, morale was lacking.
Regardless, we along with 70 others taking on the challenge were up early and hit the road, which is when
the vision started to become a reality. We enjoyed three days of perfect sunshine (and remarkably considerate French drivers) as we carved our way through France on the way to Paris.
We made it there in the end, rode round the Chan de Lise and came to a halt under the Eiffel Tower for a celebratory (plastic) cup of champagne and cheesy photos after our 300 mile journey.
We were delighted to be able to take on the challenge for Miracles and between the three of us managed to raise over £5,000 – it’s safe to say we’d all recommend taking on the challenge, it was a great trip’