Six punctures and 1,000 kilometres later, a team of six Bike2Give cyclists have raised close to £14,000 for charity.
The cyclists smashed their £10,000 target and conquered their challenge to ride from Towcester to Bordeaux in a week and raise funds for both Towcester Rotary and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The team, made up of Peter Borner, Rob Palmer, Ed Coleridge Smith, Ed Borner, Gareth Sullivan and Sarah Bryan, cycled up to 160km a day across England and into France.
Organiser and Rotary member Peter Borner said: “I do not think any of us believed or knew just how hard it was going to be. We kept on saying if it’s not difficult, it’s not worth doing. We had a great deal of fun doing it and the team really came together. Probably the worst day was the second day, riding to Portsmouth, because it rained all day, so we had eight hours in the saddle completely soaked.”
One team member Sarah Bryan suffered a serious fall, twisting her knee, and was unable to complete the cycle ride. But, dedicated to the cause, she continued the journey with the support team of Glen Borner and Phil May, and managed to climb back into the saddle to cross the finish line with her team mates.
Peter added the team had been ‘blown away’ by the support shown to them by sponsors and supporters.
The idea for the challenge came about last year when Peter lost his father to cancer. He decided he wanted to raise some funds and the Bike2Give project was the best fit for his aspirations.
Peter paid tribute to the support team who backed up the cyclists and without whom they would not have completed the trip,
But he offered this sage advice for anyone considering taking on a similar feat: “I would say make sure you are well prepared, well trained and well supported.”
Donations can still be made through the team’s JustGiving site at www.justgiving.com/bike2give. A presentation night for the charities will take place on June 19.