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Sep 14

Solicitors get on their bikes

Having trekked to Everest Base Camp and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, solicitors John Thorogood (Ward Gethin Archer, Ely) and Charles Webb (Ashton KCJ, Cambridge) decided that their next challenge would be on two wheels.

John (56) has cycled since a teenager and is a member of Ely & District Cycling Club, but Charles (57) started cycling seriously in the spring of 2013 so when John suggested taking part in the London to Paris ride it was quite a challenge especially as the task was to do this within 24 hours!

Both John and Charles had no real idea of what such a ride would entail, but set out on a training regime which saw regular long rides.

The weekend of 6/7th September saw them set off with 57 other hopefuls from the Millennium Dome on route to Dover some 90 miles. “We were both concerned” said John” that the challenge would be over if we didn’t meet the deadline to catch the ferry”, but both riders made it within the time limit despite the undulations of the South Downs.

The ferry crossing gave time for some rest and a chance of taking on much needed food, before setting out for Paris, just another 190 miles to go! The ride through the night was challenging and dawn didn’t bring any relief as thick fog covered the countryside which not only brought down the temperature, but made for a damp ride. As the sun burnt off the fog the temperature rose and mile after mile went by as they headed towards Paris.

The ride in to Paris was eventful as the pair had to negotiate crossing the extremely busy Arc de Triomphe before heading down the Champs Elyses and then finishing under the Eiffel Tower. “We had done something in the region of 280 miles and whilst we didn’t do it within the 24 hours, just a little over, the sense of achievement was fantastic” said John. Pain is temporary, but pride is forever” said Charles.

For further information contact John Thorogood on 01353 662203 or see the Ely Standard article here.