Cycle to Cannes riders cross the finish line after 6 days!
After 6 days and 1500km eighty cyclists from the property sector arrived in Cannes after setting off from London City Hall on 1 March.
Enduring changing weather conditions, challenging terrain and long days cyclists in Aedas Cycle to Cannes now look forward to some much deserved rest and relaxation.
In a blog post by riders Neil Webster (Cyclo Consulting) and Andrew Ludiman (Jones Lang Lasalle) on day 4, it became clear what challenges the elements posed for our riders. “With wet shoes I started stuffing paper in them to try and help them dry.”
In his daily blog for day 5, cyclist Geoff Rich (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios) described the sights between Valence and Aix-en-Provence, “This morning we were passing a few more farms full of 'donkeys and ducks' but by the end of the day it was lavender, olive trees and vineyards as far as the eye could see.”
With all the highs and lows of the challenge, nothing beats the feeling of passing the finish line. Father and son duo, David (Greater London Authority) and Louis (York University) Lunts (pictured) are all smiles after arriving in Cannes.
Emma Davies, Commonweath medallist and two-time Olympian, joined riders for the final stretch from Aix to Cannes. Emma said, "I do want to say my congratulations to everyone who rode down from London this year - it's a huge achievement for amateur cyclists. And of course raising money for the children's charity Coram, and for Cycle to Cannes' other causes, is so worthwhile."
Tim Narey (Aedas) had this to say, “Marshalled by great team captains and fed and watered by a superb support team, the success of the ride is down to those who devote their time to this event. The parallels with the amazing work of Coram are self evident- the support Coram gives to children, through adoption and good, simple life choices, helps children through their own challenging journey of life. This is why, on behalf of everyone involved with the 2012 Cycle to Cannes, we are delighted to be supporting Coram.”
David Steadman, Coram's Commercial Director, said: "Congratulations to all riders! What an amazing effort. We want to thank each and every one of them for their committment to helping improve the chances of more than 10,000 children and help some of the UK's most vulnerable children transform their lives through Coram's work."
Two-thirds of the £200,000 fundraising target will support UK children’s charity Coram, whose work includes finding adoptive families for vulnerable children and working in schools to educate children about the risks of drugs and alcohol.