Tuesday, 13 July 2010

London-2-Paris 2010

The team has spoken...

The big event is almost upon us: London-to-Paris by bike for Action Medical Research.

Action Medical Research

For the fourth year running I am raising money for Action Medical Research, a great charity that funds pioneering medical research.


For nearly 60 years it has been involved with numerous breakthroughs such as ultrasound in pregnancy, the polio vaccine and the hip replacement operation.

They fund many research projects each year which will lead to a healthier future for everyone. They are currently campaigning for the UK Government to put more money into research in to premature birth. Action Medical Research have funded over £4 million of research in this area but more research is required to understand why this remains the biggest killer of under ones.

With your help we can achieve even more medical breakthroughs.


Here's a rough guide to the cycling that I'll be doing:

Day 1: London (Blackheath) – Dover (Calais)... A very early (uncivilised IMHO!) start from Blackheath will allow us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It won't be long before we are among the fields and villages of rural Kent, passing orchards and traditional oast houses where hops are stored. We continue our journey along the hilly North Downs Way and small country roads to Dover and the coast. We then take the short ferry crossing over to Calais. A journey of about 160 km = 100 miles.

Day 2: Calais - Amiens... After a hearty breakfast we head out of Calais and south for Thiepval, and in particular the First World War memorial site on the Somme, which was constructed in 1932. I hope to visit the museum before heading back on track for Amiens. Another 100 mile day, a journey of over 160 km.

Day 3: Amiens - Paris... Leaving Amiens, our final day’s cycling takes us to Paris. Another crushingly early start should see us arrive in good time to reach Paris and cycle down the Champs-Elysées with Parisians cheering wildly as we sprint in our final stretch to the Eiffel Tower. The adrenalin will be pumping as we cycle as fast as we can down the Champs-Elysées and across the Seine. To mark our achievement we all gather, in style, at the Eiffel Tower for a group photo. Yet another 100 mile + day.

The three days of cycling should see me ride a total of apporximatley 350 miles.

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