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Lincoln to Paris - the long way round

10 team members

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Target £0.00

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Team story

[p][b]We're done! Here's how it went...[/b][/p][p]It’s strange to be sat typing this and the adventure is over. It passed so quickly, and just a day after our return all seems slightly surreal. But, none the less, we did it! Or, at least some of us did so read on to find out more. I don’t think any of us would disagree that that was a lot tougher than we expected. 32 degrees helped everyone get tanned, but not so good for cycling in – but what an amazing feeling to look back and realise what we’ve achieved. [/p][p]We smashed our target to raise £10,000 for our two amazing charities, Anthony Nolan Trust and Disability Snowsport UK. As I write this we’re heading toward £12,000 – and it’s not too late to donate at [url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/LincolntoParisthelongwayround]https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/LincolntoParisthelongwayround[/url]. The support you’ve all given us was amazing and we are all so delighted that our charities will benefit so much from our effort and your generosity.[/p][p]So, to the ride. We set off into the Lincoln sunshine on Thursday, proudly wearing our team shirts for a wonderful afternoon through some of Lincolnshire’s most beautiful and rolling countryside - it’s not all flat! Highlights included Andy T’s first puncture about half a mile after we started (the first of many!); a great coffee stop planned in by Andy G at Brigg (thank you Steeles) and crossing the Humber Bridge. The Hull traffic was not so much fun, but soon we were onto the “Pride of Hull” and ready for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Thanks to Nik, we can “Relive” each day and here is day 1 - [url=https://www.relive.cc/view/1593327704]https://www.relive.cc/view/1593327704[/url] [/p][p]Day 2 came around all to soon, after not the best night’s sleep - except for John who managed a solid seven hours! All too soon as we’d entered the European time zone so our 6:30am alarm was at 5:30am UK time. A bit of faffing before we could get off, but finally, later than planned, we were cycling off the ferry and onto Dutch soil. Spirits were high as Holland’s smooth, flat cycleways took us through their beautiful country. Whether it was the early start, or the high spirits, we opted for a diversion into Numansdorp for a coffee stop that we probably took too long over but was, none the less, well received and enjoyed. Then we were off again for lunch in Essen, a small Belgian town and right on the border – our third country already.[/p][p]Afternoon day 2 saw some challenging times as we made our way through Antwerp, a city that seemed to be one huge set of road works. Eventually we were through it until, at about 86 miles, the rear tyre of the tandem gave up with the first blow out I’ve ever experienced on a push bike – bizarrely the first of two on the trip. John and I weren’t too disappointed to note the irony that the blowout happened just outside a town called Boom. Whether it was our later than planned start, the extended coffee stop, or the longer lunch the day was getting long and late. With Emma 45 minutes away the rest of the team set off as we waited to be collected. The first of two days that would end with a trip in the van, but again more of that later. The day finished with an amazing Moroccan meal in Aalst. If you’d like a look at it, click here - [url=https://www.relive.cc/view/1595467169]https://www.relive.cc/view/1595467169[/url][/p][p]Day 3 dawned with plan for a quick tyre change for me, then to join the team for breakfast before the off. Of course, it didn’t go smoothly. The spare had a fault, the valve extender wouldn’t seal, one quick tyre change ended in two tyres, three tubes and over an hour spent on it - the rushed breakfast that that caused would come back to bite me later that day. But then we were off, a brief stop for Andy T’s first couple of punctures of the day and then a beautiful, smooth path alongside the canalised river that would be our companion for most of the morning. Our morning stop in Ath saw us pass the halfway point in distance, 180 miles behind us, a couple less to go! Unfortunately, the Belgians didn’t want to let us out of their country as the planned route into France turned into a mud track. Having experienced Belgian muddy farm tracks in 2015 on the way to Liege, we elected to route round. An extended section of Belgian pave (cobbles) and a hot, hard push for an additional number of miles and we finally arrived in the lovely Sebourg, a beautiful setting for our lunch and firmly into our 4th country. By this time the temperature was building, heading into the 30s and the terrain was changing to the rolling hills of northern France. While we were having a ball on the tandem, John and I knew the rolls would be more of a struggle for us and elected to set off before the team, knowing they’d catch up on the hills. A rushed lunch, with little time to digest it and we set off. The road was straight, the downhill stretches beautiful, the uphill not so much. By this time though, John and I really had sussed the way to get the tandem up hills – get the gear and grind it out. It amazes me the effort that’s needed over a solo bike. With Simon keeping us company we started passing war graves and poppies. [/p][p]Whether it was the heat, the rushed and insufficient meals, the effort of the uphill, a combination of all three or something else, I guess I’ll never fully know, but probably a combination of all three. 82 miles into the day, 500m from the planned afternoon stop my body shut down as I went into hypoglycaemia. I’d used everything my body had so it had started to consume itself in search of the energy I was requiring of it. I don’t remember much for a bit. Hysterically laughing, then crying, John force feeding me jelly babies, flapjack, anything; the rest of the team arriving and then being put into the van. 14 miles from the hotel in Saint Quentin my body had said no more, my tour ended with me in Saint Quentin hospital, on a drip for the dehydration that had chosen to accompany my hypoglycaemia. I’d ended John’s tour too.[/p][p]Jeanette was left with the rest of the team in the town of Maretz. The amazing 4C4D team stayed with her until they knew a cab was on the way, and then rode into the evening to complete day 3. [url=https://www.relive.cc/view/1597694233]https://www.relive.cc/view/1597694233[/url][/p][p]It wasn’t easy to watch the team depart for Paris on Day 4, but the right thing to do. What a team. Jo, Nik, Sarah, Simon, Andy G, Andy T, Jeremy, Billy – like the eight musketeers, all for one and one for all and off to Paris together. And of course, the support team, Jeanette and my wonderful wife Emma who’d stayed with me in hospital the night before and now would spend the day making sure the team had the food and water they needed to finish. I can’t tell you much about their day. Again it was hot, some really challenging sections to deal with, including 50 yards of mud that this time they’d go through. John and I shared a train ride to Paris. Then they were there! The relief, the joy at having completed was amazing. That amazing team, who had been bullied, cajoled or persuaded (and some actually volunteered!) had made it. Over 360 miles through some really challenging and beautiful countryside. 4 countries, 4 days. Charity target smashed. Friends made for life. [url=https://www.relive.cc/view/1599972379]https://www.relive.cc/view/1599972379[/url] [/p][p]But it hasn’t finished. It’s not over. John and I didn’t complete. So, we’re planning when we can go back and do that last stage. Amazing that some of team are talking about coming back to do it with us. We’ll let you know when it is and when we do it through the @4C_4D twitter feed. The job’s not complete until we’ve all finished.[/p][p]To all our sponsors and supporters – thank you, you’ve made a huge difference to two amazing charities.[/p][p]To the team - thank you all, you are all amazing people, and I look forward to riding with you again. Chapeau! Where next?[/p][p]M[/p][p] [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

24 May 2018


Jul 10, 2018

All at Monaghans

Well done Jeremy and all that took part!


Jul 6, 2018

Iain Hibbert - Roythornes

Very inspiring, cracking effort!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2018

Phil D VCF

Jun 11, 2018

Stella Postlethwaite

Well done Nicola. A splendid ride such great causes


Jun 11, 2018

Margaret Evans

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 8, 2018


Well done everyone from Martin Walker at JLP


Jun 7, 2018


Well done to everyone - can some one ask Nik to stop complaining about how much she aches

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2018

Phil W - VCF

Well done Simon and all the team involved.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2018


Well done - and for 2 great causes

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 4, 2018

M and D

I have given this amount as its 5 pounds for every puncture that Andrew had...shame he didn't have more

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

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