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John Reed

John Reed's Flying Start Tour of France

TheCyclist is riding right round France for Comic Relief because I want to make a difference to childrens' lives.

11 %
raised of £10,000 target
by 31 supporters

Flying Start

Flying Start is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. British Airways wants to help give children in the communities which we fly to the chance to have a brighter future.

Charity Registration No. 326568


I'm fundraising for Flying Start. Please support me and help give children in the communities to which we fly, the chance to have a brighter future.

To this end, I'm riding my bicycle right round the whole of France.

Tomorrow, yes, that's right, you read correctly, TOMORROW, Friday 12th July, TheCyclist (aka John Reed), starts his adventure bicycle ride round France. YEEHAA! 😁😁♥️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️⛰🏞

For those who don't know what I am doing in July, here is a description:

Motivated by the desire to make a positive impact on children’s lives, I challenged myself to raise money for British Airways charity, Flying Start, which is in partnership with Comic Relief, that works so tirelessly to help alleviate the plight of disadvantaged children around the world.

As many of you know, I love both cycling & the feel of the road under my bike tyres. Having already cycled some long distance journeys, I have now set myself my biggest challenge ever.

With that in mind, this summer, I plan to cycle 4,000 miles (6,400 Kms) to circumnavigate the borders and coastlines of France by riding solo for approximately seven weeks, beginning in the warm days of July and finishing as the days shorten in early September.

Beginning my ride at Charles de Gaulle Airport, I shall start off by heading out along the River Seine to the coast at Le Havre.
Keeping the sea on my right, I shall be heading for Brest, then down to Bordeaux and riding through Pyrenees Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. From there, I will be riding along the coast of Provence to the Italian border. Passong Marseille, I head for Nice, at which point, I turn left (northwards) through the Alps along the French, German & Belgium borders, heading towards Calais.

I will then follow the coast back to Le Havre, continuing along the Seine River back to Paris, at which point I fly home.

Watch this space for further news & updates. 😀

My goal is to raise £10,000. Can I very humbly ask you to spare £10, £20, or £50 and sponsor me in this huge endeavour? Your support would be greatly appreciated.

To sponsor me, click on the link below & follow the instructions. If you're a UK tax payer, please select gift aid.

Your gift will go a long way to help relieve the plight of many disadvantaged children around the world.

Finally, can I ask you to share this post with your friends & ask them if they would mind sponsoring me too, please?

Thank you so much. XX 😀