Peloton for Patrick 201007/09/2010
On Saturday 4th September an intrepid group of cyclists, including Patrick's uncle Francis Maguire and Peter Tootill (who cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Patrick last year), are planning a Peloton for Patrick.
Keen bike riders Peter Tootill and Francis Maguire originally thought it would be a great idea to ride to Nice in France in memory of Patrick. When the idea was put forward at the launch of the Patrick Evans foundation, there was a positive response from friends and family wanting to take part. However, many could not take the time off work to ride to ride all the way Nice. So a London to Paris bike ride was suggested to allow more people to take part and raise money, with a few carrying on to Nice.
We now have 22 riders; 16 riding the 247 miles to Paris and 6 continuing on to Nice, which is a total of 1,000 miles. Andrew Rutherford and Vesna Maguire (Patrick's Aunt) have kindly offered to drive down with the Peloton and offer some support.
The ride starts on 4th September in Patrick's home town of Reigate, cycling over 80 miles a day through the countryside of south-east England and Northern France, and arriving in Paris on 6th September. The hardcore 6 will continue on for another 10 days and aim to finish in Nice on 14th September. Each rider has to pay an entry fee of £20 and has a target of £200 to raise. All money raised will go to the foundation with each rider paying their own expenses.
A ride such as this, demanding over 80 miles a day, requires a certain fitness level so people are following their own training regimes. They all plan to meet in August to make sure everyone is set up to go and discuss details of the ride, before going a training ride together.
The ride will present a very interesting challenge with people of various levels of experience taking part and all for a great cause.
You can support the intrepid cyclists on the following pages: