Re the Tour de France – or the “Tour de Langoustines Vivantes” as this is called or alternatively “Motley band of unfit cyclists lulled into a false sense of security by misreading the scale on the map”. To give you a little history :
Over Christmas last year we hatched a rather ambitious and definitely wine induced plan to ride from St Malo to Ile De Re near La Rochelle in August 2014. Seemingly a great idea, it just recently dawned on us that we will be riding just under 580kms in five days unsupported carrying our own kit. We are using the lure of the langoustines and wine on Ile De Re as the finishing line.
The team consisting of Alan "Boardman" Roelich, Jonny "Wiggo" Fairweather and Mark "Cav" Stevenson initially started preparing well for the ride with a frenzy of bike buying and general shiny kit syndrome. However, since then training could be said to have been a very relaxed affair. This was based on the slightly flawed but heavily man mathed theory that 33% of the ride will be uphill, 33% will be on the flat and 33% will be downhill.
August has come hurtling towards us and after a bit of further man maths we worked out that according to our theory we will be riding at least 193km uphill......time to buy more shiny gear.......
All joviality aside, you can sponsor us on this jaunt through France. We have decided to fundraise for Cancer Research UK, as all our lives have been touched by the effects of cancer at some point or another.
We will be sharing the epic tale of adventure via twitter at @markrstevenson and #tdlv2014 - please follow us and respond to any emergency distress tweets promptly
Alan, Jonny and Mark.
To make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/aroelich
The boys are setting off from St Malo early on Tuesday 19 August and should arrive at St Clement des Baleines on Ile de Re on Saturday 23rd August. Sarah and I are leaving the uk on 21 August to pick up any pieces…