The Moneycorp London to Paris for World Bicycle Relief is in its second year with a new route, new challenges and over £18,000 raised. On July 20, a team of 20 cyclists set out from London for a 500km ride over three days, ending in Paris in time for the last stage of the Tour de France.
Starting off from the famous Herne Hill Velodrome in South London, the riders threaded their way through the city toward Dover. Braving the occasional downpour and some of Kent’s classic climbs, they reached the ferry as the light was beginning to fade.
An overnight stay in Dunkirk was followed by a smooth ride into Belgium, where the group stopped at the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot WW1 memorials to remember those who lost their lives 100 years ago.
The second velodrome on the itinerary, in Roubaix, France, houses the end of the classic Paris Roubaix race. A few laps after lunch and it was onto the most challenging stage of the ride: The infamous cobbles.
A 14km ride of pave was a gruelling test for many of the riders, but they made it to the town of Cambrai, France, after 190km in the saddle.
Day three featured some gentle climbs and windy flat sections where riding in groups helped save tired legs before the final push into Paris. The cobbles of the Champs-Élysées seemed tame by comparison to the previous day’s efforts. Everyone cruised past the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower to celebrate their amazing achievement.
After a well-earned night’s rest, it was time to see the pros in action for the final stage of the Tour de France.
Thank you to all the riders, fundraisers and sponsor Moneycorp for all their support. If you want to join the 2018 edition of London to Paris for World Bicycle Relief, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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