A team of 10 local cyclists is planning a ride from London’s Marble Arch to the Paris Arc de Triomphe. The key difference? They are aiming to complete the ride, which starts on 27th June at 8:30 pm, in just 24 hours.
Their route covers 265 miles of cycling, 80 of which are from London to Dover, where they catch the P&O ferry to Calais – P&O have been good enough to donate the cost of both the outward and return trips to these fundraising cyclists. From Calais it’s another 185 miles to Paris. Regardless of traffic and weather – and hills! – the team will have to average 15 mph and get no sleep in order to complete their challenge.
The team, who are in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, are hoping to raise £2000 for the Brendan Oakes Trust, based in Hadleigh. Brendan was a teenager who won a first battle with cancer in 2003, but lost the second one in 2005. The Trust helps with and funds activities for children suffering from cancer and is working with both Addenbrookes and Ipswich Hospital. Donations in support of the Arch to Arc ride will be used to transform wards in particular through decoration to create a teenage appropriate environment.
There is more information about the ride, the riders, their training and the route they will be taking online at http://a2a24.weebly.com/ and you can donate through the secure fundraising site. You can also donate by texting 70070 with the message ATOA88 £ (insert amount).