Dean Lloyd from Stansted Airport Fire & Rescue Service and his friend Richard Payne took part in the CLIC Sargent London to Paris Cycle Challenge on 13th-17th September 2017.
On the 13th September at 0700 the pair plus 32 others set off from London to Paris. Day one was a hard day in the saddle covering 95 miles with quite a few big inclines travelling down towards Dover. After the ferry crossing, there were a few miles to travel to the hotel.
Calais to Arras was a shorter distance (78.7 miles) but the wind made up for it. At the end of the day, the cyclists had a well earned beer in Arras town square.
The third day was Arras to Compiègne and, en route the cyclists took the opportunity to visit some of the Allied and German military cemeterys and also the McCrae’s Battalion Great War Memorial.
They were caught in some heavy downpours in the afternoon but managed 78.1 miles to reach their destination in one piece and were still able to manage a smile.
The final day Compienge to Paris took them through a very picturesque forest to the peak and then it was down on torwards Paris. The final day’s distance was 71.2 miles to make a total of 323 miles. Dean said it was a fantasic experience to take part in this challenge and one he would definatly recommend to others.
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