Friends David Swinfen and Thomas George took on a extra challenging cycle ride recently - extending the classic London to Paris route by starting off from Rugby.
David and Thomas traveled very light, carrying the bare minimum equipment with them as they set off to a chorus of best wishes and cheers from family and friends. An eventful trip awaited them and one which included plenty of dramatic weather, sunburn, hilly terrain, one puncture, a ferry crossing complete with entertainment from an acapella group and Bastille Day festivities.
The boys ended their four day challenge by taking on the longer of two final routes into Paris, extending their total miles cycled to 320 and as they rolled down the Champs Elysees towards the Arc de Triomphe temperatures reached 34 degrees. Thomas recalls: "The cobbles were a minor distraction compared to the overwhelming feeling of finally getting there, finishing the ride. Everything we had planned for, talked about and practiced had come to this point. Standing next to the Arc de Triomphe, shaking hands and congratulating each other that we had finally made it.
Thomas summed up how he felt about his and David's epic journey: "320 miles over four days. Not quite the Tour de France but by no means was it a small feat, yet with the help we received from our families, friends and each other it was an adventure that we will always remember. To have raised money for both Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK means that somewhere, somebody has benefited from what we have done. In a way, for both myself and David, this is the greatest reward."