There are any number of ways to get from London to the South of France, but senior partner, Simon Jacklin, chose one of the more difficult.
180 cyclists made the trip, raising over £750,000, two thirds of which will go to children’s charity Coram, which has been supporting vulnerable children for over 275 years.
As a keen weekend cyclist, Simon is not a novice, but this was a ride of a different magnitude:
“The ride itself was as much a mental challenge as physical one. Very early starts (4.45am alarm calls) and late finishes (dinner after 10-00pm) which led to tiredness, anxiety, indigestion, self-doubt and any number of negative thoughts.
I was very lucky to be part of a fantastic team (Pitman Tozer) which formed part of the wider Peloton. Our Ride Captains showed exemplary leadership skills in coaxing us all along. By the end of six days we were a very close unit.
There were some grim moments: A 6am start when we were leading out the Peloton. Riding into a stiff head wind, in the dark, my breakfast threatening to make a reappearance. Dawn breaking to reveal a massive hill climb ahead of us. Then it started raining, hard …
Some scary ones; a tyre blow out on a fast descent in the dark. Thankfully it was the back tyre rather than the front. A crash would have been inevitable and at 30mph it would have been messy, to say the least.
And many, many, uplifting ones: over the last two days we rode through beautiful countryside, villages and towns where we were spurred on and cheered by the locals at virtually every point along the way.
Our arrival in Cannes, cycling en masse down the Croisette, in blazing sunshine, under azure blue skies, is something I will never forget.“