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Seven complete London to Paris cycle ride for Thames Reach

26 September 2017

 

Boyer London to Paris Bike Ride
Boyer staff after arriving at the Eiffel Tower

Staff from planning consultancy firm Boyer undertook the challenge of cycling from London to Paris inside 24 hours last weekend, to raise money for Thames Reach.


Seven Boyer staff members set out from their London office on Southwark Bridge Road at 5pm on Friday 22 September.


After manoeuvring through the rush hour traffic, they crossed the Surrey Hills with its steep climbs and fast descents, reaching speeds of up to 80km per hour while cycling in the dark.


Carrying on through the South Downs, they reached the port of Newhaven in East Sussex at 9.30pm. Having ridden 95km in four and a half hours, the team got some well-earned sleep on the ferry, which docked at Dieppe in France at 5am.


The team then followed the Avenue Verte cycling route through Normandy in temperatures close to freezing, arriving for a break at Gournay-en-Bray, roughly half-way to Paris, at 10am, where they were warmly greeted by local dignitaries.


Thanks to the strong pace set by riders Billy Pattison and Dinny Shaw, the team pushed on through the French countryside. By midday, they were ahead of schedule, and just 35km from Paris.


Despite the aches and pains, the group arrived at the Eiffel Tower around lunch time, completing the journey in a time of 21 hours and 20 minutes.


It was a remarkable effort from all involved, including those in the safety car. Through hunger and fatigue, all the riders maintained a positive attitude and a sense of humour for the duration of this challenging journey.


You can still donate in support of the Boyer team, and help raise money for Thames Reach, by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/boyerplanninglondontoparis