In four days at the end of July, 26 members of Barnt Green Chaingang Cycle Club rode in excess of 300 miles from London to Paris. It was a first for most of the group and for some the challenge was greater having only taken up cycling in the last 12 months. The trip included some challenging hills in Kent and a 100 mile second day stage in France when temperatures reached 100 degrees.
Cyclist, and co-organiser, Jo Hodges commented: It was tough but it was also fun. We all supported each other and there was an overwhelming sense of achievement as a very weary group rode down the Champs Elysée.
Participants were also able to see something of the 2014 Tour de France as it ended in Paris the day after their arrival.
This was very appropriate as many of the group had travelled to Harrogate to see Le Grand Départ. Supported by local shops and businesses, thousands of pounds have been raised for charity and fond memories made that will last a lifetime.