Beauvais to Paris
The last leg, the home straight, the final countdown, however you would like to refer to it, today was a big day. After 3 days of cycling together, forming friendships, celebrating recovery or remembering a loved one, the team spirit was incredible and the energy around the start point was electric. All the riders would be cycling the remaining 80 miles together, for one united cause – to help beat blood cancer.
Rain poured down, but it did not dampen the spirit in any way – and probably saved the cycle tan becoming more obvious! Many riders had moved up and around the ride groups to have a good go at today’s time trials – the awards would be handed out at dinner that evening so it was a double incentive!
Cycle vox, who are filming vox pops and footage on the ride have been catching some fantastic footage of the ride, and the lunch stop was full of riders giving interviews and sharing stories.
After lunch all the cyclists set off as one group to arrive in to Paris together. The roads of Paris are closed for very few cycling events so our riders were treated to a very rare event – traffic free roads up the Champs Elysée. They were the kings of the roads for today. It was a spectacular sight and every single one of the riders couldn’t stop smiling.
As the riders came through the finish line, there were tears of joy, happiness and pride, and an awful lot of cheers. What an achievement.
The last 5 days have been a phenomenal experience, a real privilege to be a part of and will live long in the memory of everyone involved. Congratulations to you all!
On behalf of our crew, we thank all of the riders for their amazing cycling, fundraising, and being such a great peloton to crew for.
Ruth, Bekah, Catriona, Colm, Dan H, Dan S, Jonathan, Paul, Rachel, Sarah and Thomas.