In the third and final blog instalment from the Wickes Cross Channel Challenge Team, Steve Downey and Dave Weaver take us through the epic 200-mile cycle challenge that faces them once they've kayaked across the English Channel. The team have already raised an astonishing £33,300, and counting, for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
We start our first day of cycling from the port of Boulogne-Sur-Mer and head along the D940 towards Abbeville.
We aim to take breaks every 20ish miles, the 1st one being in a town called Etaples alongside a small marina, the 2nd stop is a little less picturesque and is outside a large Carrefour market in Rue (may come in handy for some cakes for Barry) and the 3rd stop is in Abbeville where we have pin-pointed a nice café to stop at.
The next stretch sees us leave the D940 for the first time and follow the D901 for our final 30 miles to the campsite for the night at Poix de Picardie - this part is slightly longer than the other stretches but the thought of being able to rest should spur us on!
Day two see's us cycle towards Beauvais still following the D901 and then onto the D1001 to Ezanville.
This part of the route has only been planned using maps, so we are in the hands of our reliable support crew to scope it out ahead of us. We have chosen Ezanville for our destination as it is just over 13.2 miles away from the Eiffel Tower - the exact distance we need to cover when running in to Paris on the final day.