This June will see a group of incredible people take on the journey of a lifetime; pedalling from London to Amsterdam.
This 350 mile adventure will see cyclists cross four countries, taking in the sights of picturesque Kent villages, the fairy tale city of Bruges, then onwards to the canals and cobbled streets of Amsterdam.
“ The sense of achievement is like something I have never felt before.”
Two years ago, a group of 52 took on a similar cycling challenge from London to Paris. We caught up with some of them to hear what they thought of their trip:
Deborah Holman, 62, told us; “I was looking for a challenge to get myself fit, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for, but signed up quickly before I had time to talk myself out of it. During my training I didn’t know how I compared to others as I had done most of it on my own. I thought I would be near the back of the pack, but was reassured that I wouldn’t be left behind. Once the ride began, I joined a group of cyclists at a similar level and we stayed together for the whole ride cheering each other on.”
Molly O’Shea, 27, said: “The sense of achievement is like something I have never felt before. I went from having never cycled much to getting out and about exploring the English countryside during training, even making it to Brighton a couple of times for fish and chips. Arriving in Paris, with a group of friends, many of whom had until a few days before been strangers, and seeing the Eiffel Tower was one of the best experiences of my life. Seeing my family wave me in, I just couldn’t believe we’d done it!”
There are, of course, plenty of practicalities to remember too. John Bateson-Hill, 59, gave us his top tip for anyone taking on the ride: “Padded cycle shorts or padded underwear (yes this exists!) help. They give comfort and support that ordinary shorts don’t.”