Paris here we come! Get Involved in Body & Soul’s 2014 Challenge

Posted on: 7th April 2014

Jed’s got something to tell you…

So the word is out!

Body & Soul’s 3rd major cycle challenge is officially ON and this time it’s destination Paris!

We chalked up Nightrider in 2012, cycled across Nepal in 2013 and now we’re taking on a 5 day-er all the way to the French capital. I’m signed up and back on the bike already. I returned from Nepal in early December and managed to keep the miles going thanks to a mild, if slightly soggy winter, but it’s definitely time to step it up again.

What sort of challenge are we talking?

One thing we wanted to do this time around was choose something that would be accessible to a larger group. First off, it will only mean taking 3 days off work in early September and it’s definitely achievable even if you’re not yet in shape. To give you a sense of the challenge, imagine riding to Brighton today. For those of you who have done that before, it’s a steady 5 hours of peddling or 6 or so at a more leisurely pace. Now you just have to do that all over again for the next 3 days.

Nepal was physically tough and there’s high likelihood that this adventure will be imprinted on your backside for a good week after you finish, but it brings with it other thrills. I’m looking forward to being part of a Body & Soul peloton full of friends, colleagues, volunteers and corporate partners. The one thing I’ll guarantee on this trip is camaraderie because we wouldn’t have it any other way!

So how am I preparing?

Well, to start with I’ve got a new bike…another bike actaully, another old bike. For those of you that know me, you’ll know I’m a bit bike obsessed anyway and I’ve rediscovered the bug even more over the last few years. My twin brother got a head start on me as a school kid, riding the track at Liverpool’s Kirkby Velodrome alongside the legendary Chris Boardman and it took me a few years to catch the bug. Now I’ve started a bike collection that people are suggesting is taking over the office at Body & Soul.

Maybe it’s the nostalgia of those times, but I’ve got a love affair for beautiful handbuilt Italian bikes that ride and look like nothing else. So, with a few other rides now in the stable, it doesn’t take much to want to get out on the road each day and find some new weekend routes out of the city at the weekend. As the weather improves I’ll be throwing some dates out there for you to join me as serious preparations begin and we get some 50+ mile rides under our belts.

So, whether your motivation is an obsession with bikes, a goal to improve your fitness, a chance to see the French countryside, a holiday with a difference, or helping us meet the ever present challenge of raising cash for this lovely place…don’t think about it a moment longer.

Do what I did and get yourself signed up! I’ll be in touch with you very soon.

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