Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes

London | Paris riders: "We will get through this, one way or another, and support each other."

Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes
05 Jun 2013

Our incredible London | Paris riders are getting ready to test their limits and set off on this epic 400 kilometre ride. 

Some of the riders are trying out our new Content Champions app to send us their thoughts via their smart phones. So how are they feeling with just days to go?

Andrew Mitchell:
"Very, very nervous!"

Caroline Byrne:
"We'll have fun along the way!"

Trevor Jackson: "Final thoughts"

My name is Trevor and I have been in training for London Paris for the last six months. When I signed up way back in November I was unfit and over weight. Jumping forward to the day before we leave I am 35 lb lighter and have 2000 miles in my legs, so wye do I still feel under prepared. Anyway looking forward to setting off and raising loads of money for a great charity.

Mark Moreton: "But how do you get across the channel?"

Just one of the questions I can't believe how many people have asked me in the run up to this event. Funnily enough the last thing I'm worried about is how I'm crossing the channel. At the forefront of my mind is how I'll cycle 75 miles daily for 4 days. Especially with the last 2 weeks training having been written off by one of my colleagues being sick for 10 days and the kids having chicken pox. Still, it looks easier than I remember my sister's chemotherapy being when she underwent leukaemia treatment aged 9. Thanks to leukaemia and lymphoma research she pulled through and now has kids of her own. That's the reason I'll keep on going until I get to Paris, however much training I think I've missed.

Sarah Pearson: "Monday night nerves!"

I've started packing. I didn't sleep much last night as I lay awake wondering if I can really cycle all the way from London to Paris! It's the big unknown and the thought that even though you are surrounded by lots of people its all down to you. My thoughts turned to those poor patients suffering from leukaemia and feeling very very alone. I suddenly felt very stupid and selfish. I'm going to do this ride even with my bruised knees and my saddle soreness! Off to bed x

John Reeve: "My 60th birthday challenge"

I'm sitting on a train travelling to Newcastle on a glorious Monday evening - less than 60 hours to the start. I won't get home until 9pm on Wednesday evening and then up at 5am train and cycle to Greenwich for the start. So at the moment just getting there will be great. Having said all that I am an excited 60 year old and really looking forward to the challenge, some great company, meeting new people and lots of nice hills. Riding up the Champs Elysee will be amazing -just hope me and peletons get on! Main thing now is to make sure I don't forget my passport or my anything else that's vital and pray for dry weather and a following wind. See you at Greenwich.

Lance Gaunt

Well I am on the train into London, all the gear is packed and it's too late to try and find some hills to practice on now. I am not your sports kind of guy but I want to do a large challenge to raise some funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. It's 15 years since I recovered from ALL and I want to say thanks. I am feeling ok about day one tomorrow, just so long as I cycle to Dover in time for the Eurostar things should be ok (the pressure's on!). Days two to four....who knows? lt'll be fun finding out.


A massive good luck to all the unstoppable team of cyclists taking on London | Paris tomorrow to push their limits and beat blood cancer! Thank you for all that you do. We hope you have an incredible trip and look forward to hearing how you're getting on.


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