We are proud to announce that we have joined the revolution and will be sponsoring Cure Leukaemia’s epic 500km bike ride, ‘London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution’.
As part of our sponsorship, we will be providing you with all kinds of information relating to the ride over the next few weeks. This will include regular updates about the progress of the riders and their sponsorship efforts in the battle against Leukaemia, plus useful articles covering nutrition, training and safety for longer rides.
So what is Cure Leukaemia’s ‘London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution’?
It’s a ride of epic proportions, that’s what it is. To use the words of the guys from Cure Leukaemia, it is “put simply, the best four days you can have on a bike, anywhere, anytime”.
Organised by ex-Crystal Palace captain, England international, current patron of the Cure Leukaemia charity and former leukaemia sufferer, Geoff Thomas, the ride is a revolution to raise £2m in two years towards the battle against leukaemia.
Taking place over four days from the 18th – 22nd June, ‘London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution’ sees 300 cyclists covering around 80 miles a day as they make the 500km journey from London to Paris.
Departing from London on 18th June, day 1 sees all 300 riders gathering by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park in the early morning. They will then set off as a one massive peloton as they begin the first leg of their epic journey and head towards the channel and over to Calais.
By day 2, all cyclists will be firmly on French soil and will find themselves heading through the historic Pas de Calais and Somme regions, before tackling the hills of Northern France and making their way to Abbeville.
While shorter in distance, the demands of day 3 come in the climbing challenges. Having to contend with challenging hills, riders will experience a time trial section and a themed hill climb as they depart Abbeville and cycle towards Beauvais.
Designed to be exhilarating, the final day sees riders set off in their speed groups and take on a timed hill climb, before regrouping after lunch to form another massive peloton for the final stretch into Paris. As they make their way into the French capital, each of the cyclists will find themselves arriving under rolling road closures and riding up the cobbles to the Arc de Triomphe and onto the finish line besides the Eiffel Tower.
Who’s taking part?
The ride will see 300 riders of varying abilities taking part. These riders include organiser Geoff Thomas, his former Crystal Palace teammate John Salako, co-founder of Cure Leukaemia and professor of haemato-oncology at the University of Birmingham Charlie Craddock, Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, and leukaemia survivor and son of Gary Lineker, George Lineker.
What’s in aid of?
‘London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution’ is in aid of the battle against leukaemia. Taking place a decade after Professor Charlie Craddock and his team of clinicians at the Centre for Clinical Haematology saved organiser Geoff Thomas’ life, the ride is a challenge to raise money to help save the lives of the 30,000 people who are diagnosed with this blood cancer in the UK each year.
Should you wish to donate to this fantastic cause and help the battle against leukaemia, you can do so through Just Giving.