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Tour de France on a Boris bike - 24 hour challenge

Boris biked stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France for Macmillan Cancer Support because we're determined to raise cash for carers

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Macmillan Cancer Support

We support people affected by cancer to make sure no one faces cancer alone


Thanks for supporting Boris v Le Tour! 

We thought it might just be possible to haul a 50lb Boris bike a daunting 190km around stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, over hill, dale and Buttertubs Pass, and get it back to London in 24 hours with every donation adding fire to our bellies.

It turns out that endless 17% gradients combined with 204km of riding (not the advertised 190km!) while on a 50lb bike with three gears is rather tough - though as it turns out not impossible.

If only they hadn't closed the M1 on the way back we'd have done it in the allotted 24 hours and not been 40 minutes late... Please don't fine us!

Thank you from the team - Andy Sloan, Dave Barker, Lewis Baguley, Pog Pattison and Dave Parkes. And thank you to the kind man with the van - Alan Walker!


In May 2013 Andy's father-in-law, Andy Vargo, was diagnosed with liver cancer - and within three months he was gone, just weeks before his first grandson was born. In March 2014 Pog's uncle, John Pattison, died after a long battle with a brain tumour. 

The phenomenal care provided by the nurses and staff at Macmillan Cancer Support helped both families a great deal during those long weeks and we want to raise as much money as possible to help them support others.

The ride is also in support of Ruth Hayllar, mum of three, who survived bowel cancer in 2011 before being diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer again in October 2013. Please read her blog, The Pooh Stick Queen, and share your support.

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  • Boris v Le Tour - The team at the start in Leeds of the bike challenge to ride stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France
  • Boris v Le Tour - How many Boris bikes can you fit in a van? Before heading North to ride stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France