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!
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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