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October 13th 2016

Pedalling to Paris

Colonel David Sneath DL

A Deputy Lieutenant from Nottinghamshire has taken part in the London to Paris Cycle 2016 to raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Colonel David Sneath DL took part in the 300 mile cycle ride in September this year pedalling from Greenwich Park in London to France’s capital city.

London to Paris Cycle 2016

London to Paris Cycle 2016

David, who was one of 350 cyclists to raise money for the RBL, said: “The route took us from Greenwich via a stop in Aylesford, lunch in Sellindge then on to Dover. Having cycled nearly 78 miles the organisers put in a cruel hill climb before letting us cycle down the same hill to the port.

“Day one from London to Dover covered 122km, day two from Calais to Abbeville saw us ride 128km, day three we cycled107km from Abbeville to Beauvais and day four we pushed ourselves from Beauvais to Paris completing our final 100km along the Seine Valley.”

David described how the RBL supplied each of their charity riders with a handy booklet containing a route overview and the words of the British and French national anthems. The overview also contained profiles of the ground with gradients measured in percentage terms.

David continued: “This was a fantastic challenge that I was inspired to participate in by the prospect of cycling up the Champs Élysée as in the Tour de France shown on TV. The ride attracts hundreds of cyclists each year all raising money for the Royal British Legion to support serving soldiers, veterans and their families.”

Explaining more about the pace of his ride, David said: “I rode in the social group defined by an average speed of 12mph, the club cyclists were all in the 18mph group.

“As we approached the closing ceremony, the city authorities had closed off the top of the Champs Élysée and marshalled us under the Arc de Triomphe for the final part of the event by the tomb of the unknown warrior.

“Over the four days we cycled through country lanes, market towns, saw some amazing scenery and passed a number of memorials and cemeteries of the Great War. It certainly is an experience I will not forget.”

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“This was a fantastic challenge that I was inspired to participate in by the prospect of cycling up the Champs Élysée as in the Tour de France shown on TV."