A group of Lakes RC riders recently did a great ride – the classic London to Paris – BUT with a twist – in 24 hours! Well done, sounds like a real challenge but great fun! Amanda Williams provided a brief report…
The LRC Chicas, Rebecca Griffin, Janette Hardman, Suzanne Thompson and Amanda Williams, ably supported by Damian Thompson (driver, courier and ‘Name That Tune’ expert) arrived in Greenwich in time for the 3pm Grand Depart with the challenge of being in Paris within 24 hours. After 58 sunny miles, the Chicas found themselves at Newhaven queuing on-board the Ferry with 150 other cyclists for cabin keys; organised? 3 ½ sleepless hours later, they were re-mounting their bikes in a fog shrouded Dieppe with the Eiffel Tower still 130 miles away. Cold fog was eventually replaced by sun and temperatures in the 30’s! It soon turned into a typical Club ride, with the four LRC riders taking turns at the front with a long stream of wheel-huggers behind. Eventually two ladies from SW London offered their services resulting in six women towing a long line of men! Eventually, they hit the outskirts of Paris. With the clock ticking, they navigated a confusing network of traffic lights and roundabouts and with the Eiffel Tower in sight, the wheel-hugging German decided to make a break for it, at which point Janette yelled “GET BACK!” – he obeyed. The obligatory pictures were taken at the base of the Eiffel Tower still with time to spare.
If you fancy having a go at this, have a word with one the riders and they’ll be more than happy to give you some advice about undertaking this epic trip!
Well done ladies, great ride!