On Saturday 22 June the Hot Chillee pelaton rode into Paris after three gruelling days on the road from London and right at the front, leading the way was our very own Allie Corps-Bell who had hand cycled the whole way, with Triple Crown Winner Stephen Roche coming in behind him. It was an amazing scene - watching all the cyclists arrive in the heart of Paris after 500km, but seeing our team cross the line was something very special indeed.
The journey to Paris started on Thursday 20 June when the first group led by our Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Charity riders set off at 6am from Esher, Surrey. With a lunch stop outside Folkestone they then rode on to catch the Euro Tunnel and arrived in Calais tired and ready for a mountain of pasta before bedtime.
Day 2 started early again with the whole group gathering in a warehouse in Calais for coffee and bananas before setting off for Amiens. The lunch stop was quick, just calories and fluids, and then they all pushed on to reach Amiens for the night stop. No one really had time or energy to wander around the beautiful gothic town and admire the historical cathedral - that will have to wait!
Day 3 marked the last 6am start and again Allie lead the first group out of the depot on the final leg to Paris. At 5pm he then lead the whole Hot Chillee pelaton through the streets of Paris, including the Champs Élysées which will also mark the end of the Tour de France a few weeks later. The team assembled under the Eiffel Tower for a medal and award ceremony, a bottle of champagne and of course a few photos to mark their arrival.
We are so proud of all our riders and thank them so much for taking part and helping us raise much needed funds.
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