We asked one of our participants, Hans, to answer a couple of questions for us regarding his experience on our London to Paris and London to Brighton cycle challenges. Here he tells us about his adventures…
London to Paris
Why did you decide to take on this challenge?
I used to run marathons but my knees are giving up and someone suggested to start cycling. The charity I used to sponsor suggested to do the London to Paris bike ride. I thought first that I could never do this and that this was for super fit cyclists only. Having done this for the first time I was pleasantly surprised that it was tough, but with enough training it is definitely possible for anyone with some determination. I loved the professional and caring attitude from the crew members. It was also amazing how quickly all the ‘strangers’ became friends in no time and encouraged one and other.
What training advice do you have for this cycle?
Regular cycling and increase the distances to at least 40 or 50 miles once a week nearer the departure date. Also make sure to drink plenty at regular intervals.
What is the highlight of this cycle ride for you?
The fact that everyone looks out for each other and no matter the person’s ability, encouragement is given all the time. The lunch provided is in my opinion of the highest quality considering it is done in the back of a van and always with fresh ingredients. I am no cake eater but the cakes always look very appetising. The highlight is for me is the arrival at the Bois de Boulogne, knowing we have done it and the last few miles in convoy to the Eiffel tower.
London to Brighton
What do you think of the route from London to Brighton?
Within a few miles of leaving Clapham Common you can see the beautiful English country side and half way through you can enjoy a lovely lunch. Personally I love the ride through the villages and love to cycle at ease and enjoy to look around at the same time.
Have you conquered the small hill that is Ditcling Beacon? ☺
I am very disappointed in myself but I have not yet managed to get non- stop to the top but I keep on trying!!
Out of London to Brighton and London to Paris which is your favourite cycling challenge and why?
This is an unfair question as I like them both but possibly London to Paris as this is more challenging over a longer period.
Thank you so much Hans for sharing your account of these two cycling adventures! We love hearing about our participant’s stories – if you would like to feature in one of our Newsletters please send your stories over to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also head over to http://www.skylineoverseas.co.uk and check out our amazing challenges we have to offer! 🙂