On May 18th 2022 we started out on an epic cycling challenge, which appears to be a world-first! To cycle from Sandbanks UK, to St.Tropez France.
Starting in Sandbanks, Dorset on 18th May 2022, we headed for Poole ferry port and boarded the ‘Barfleur’ to France. Landing in Cherbourg, we jumped back on our bikes to start the gruelling 10 day back to back 1300km ride through France. The route took us through beautiful small villages and mediaeval market towns of Northern France, and the yellow sunflower fields of the south, reminding us all that 100% of the money raised is going towards the relief effort in Ukraine.
With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the St.Tropez, our finishing point on 27th May 2022, evoked a real sense of achievement, and warranted some well deserved R&R! Huge thanks to our finishing-line crew too - what a welcoming!
Sandbanks - Poole Ferry Terminal - Cherbourg Ferry Terminal - Carentan Les Marais - 71.2km
Carentan Les Marais - Vimoutiers - 145km
Vimoutiers - Chartres - 131km
Chartes - Gien - 142km
Gien - Decize - 147km
Decize - Le Bois d'Oingt - 168km
Le Bois d'Oingt - Tournon sur Rhone - 125km
Tournon sur Rhone - Jonquieres - 136km
Jonquieres - Rians - 122km
Rians - St.Tropez - 113km
The challenge was demanding with highs and lows along the way, but it was ridden as a team and supported by the amazing David S and Sian, who followed us in our support vehicle.
Our tough training programme (which saw the team collectively riding over 2000km per week in preparation for the feat) certainly paid off and was well worth the days and months on indoor turbo-trainers over the winter.
We have all been touched significantly by the tragic and shocking events unfolding in Ukraine, and want to help by supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already so generously donated via our JustGiving site. We also wish to thank the following contributors, corporate sponsors and supporters who have all helped make this Challenge a reality. You ALL rock!
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