Riders : Clym Buxton, Matthew Landells
Above is the video of our trip – it took 4 days to ride the near 250mile journey from the centre of Oxford to the Arc de Triomphe; our first self-sufficient ride! The aim was to go and see the final stage of the iconic Tour de France, a year where Mark Cavendish was able to win the Green sprinters jersey and the Australian Cadel Evans was able to take the maillot jaune (yellow winners jersey). It was a spectacular setting, stood alongside other Brits who had travelled to see Cav, with numerous other nationalities clogging the Champs Elysees just to catch a fleeting glimpse of their cycling heros hurtle past in a blur of colour and noise. A remarkable event, one which is definitely worth seeing!
Our journey was not as arduous as Le Tour as each day was broken down into a steady 60mile stint from Oxford to a campsite near Guildford and then onto an overnight ferry at Newhaven which landed us in Dieppe in the very early hours of the morning, with darkness hindering our visibilty in the long and confused search for the start of the Avenue Verte. This tarmac road is strictly for cyclists and pedestrians all the way to Forges-les-Eaux, however due to the intense rain at the start of the route, and having to find shelter in a boules hut for 30minutes sleep, the atmosphere was rather dark. However the sun finally broke through and the rest of the Avenue was enjoyed until its conclusion.
To be concluded…