Pauline & Geoff Cycling to Paris for Kesho

 

To coincide with the finish of the 100th Tour de France, our trustee Pauline Lowe and her partner Geoff Powell are cycling the from Bexleyheath in London to Paris and raising funds for KeshoUK as they go.

Starting in London, the 300 mile, 4 day route takes Pauline and Geoff through glorious English countryside, and through the stunning South Downs to catch the ferry from Dover to Calais. Once ‘French side’, they push on cycling along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of northern France. Finally arriving at the spectacular view of the 324 metre Eiffel Tower, which marks the finish line.

Once in Paris, Pauline and Geoff will be recovering as they cheer on Chris Froome with Team Sky and Mark Cavendish the following day on the final day of the Tour de France.

If you'd like to encourage Pauline and Geoff in their epic struggle to the Eiffel Tower, you can spur them on with a donation through our page at BT Donate, a free donation service run by BT. MyDonate is a not-for-profit, online fundraising service for UK charities. This service provides a secure, easy-to-use way for millions of people to raise money for the charity of their choice.

This replaces our use of the Google Checkout system which has been withdrawn.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to complete the sections which allow BT Donate to collect Gift Aid on our behalf. Gift Aid is given by the government on donations at a rate of 25p in the pound, so for every £1 you donate to us the government will give Kesho UK a further 25p.

 

Training Log


Yes, we've done it, we may have been one of the last in but we cycled all the way to Paris, along the Champs-Elysees, round the Arc de Triomphe and under the Eiffel Tower. Here are the pictures to prove it...

Under starter's orders, 7am at the Holiday Inn, Bexleyheath, feeling very nervous. A hard 40 miles along the Thames to get us to Chilham Castle in Kent for lunch.
Afternoon on day two, flattening out after a hard morning of climbing. Day four - we're feeling the pace but soon be there.
We made it!! - Queueing on the Champs-Elysees to go around the Arc de Triomphe. Finally, the Eiffel Tower and a glass of champagne to celebrate!



A huge thank you to everyone who supported us along the way. It's not to late to reward us for our hard work and to help Kesho, the donation button remains open.

With the training over and the route completed, we thought you might like to see where we went. Here are the routes for the four days.



DAY ONE - Bexleyheath to Dover

We'd been told that this was the worst day. It was certainly hard going with lots of short, steep climbs. However, we covered the distance much more quickly than we thought so the last stretch to the ferry was quite a short one.





DAY TWO - Calais to Arras

They lied! Day two began with a series of long sapping climbs, no fun in 30 degree heat. We climbed as much on day two as we did on the whole of day one.





DAY THREE - Arras to Compiegne

A much flatter day but with not much shade in a baking sun. Slightly subdued morning with a couple of stops at cemeteries near the Somme, containing those who gave their lives in World War I.




DAY FOUR - Compiegne to PARIS

They tried hard to break our spirit with one very nasty climb towards the end but the thought that it would all be over soon spurred us on. Finishing with a cycle along the Champs-Elysees, we and 300 other cyclists freewheeled around the Arc de Triomphe, and under the Eiffel Tower to complete the ride.