Sarah Greene Tribute Fund for Breast Cancer Now presents
Rhone Cycle Randonnée Challenge 2019
Another big ride completed. Another interesting part of Europe experienced on two wheels.
Through world-famous vineyards to the wetlands of the Camargue; past Roman ruins in Oranges and Nimes, and through ancient towns and villages , crossing the Rhone six times over the three days.
Some of the climbs were tough, some of the route was cycle paths along the Rhone and through woods.
We cycled through Haute Loire, Ardeche, Auvergne/Rhone-Alps, Drome, Vaucluse, Gard, Bouches-du-Rhone, and the Languedoc-Rousillon, through the Camargue and finishing by the sea near the medieval walled town Aigues-Mortes.
An amazing experience for everyone and another challenge accomplished.
This was all eloquently summed up by Peter Walsh, and this ride was the first Challenge ride event he’s ever undertaken :
Apart from having to walk down stairs backwards, as my quads basically scream “no” when I try and walk normally, I actually don’t feel too bad.
The expected heart attack never arrived, nor did the boils on the bottom. The organisation of the whole event was unreal, the more I think about it. Simon, Hen, what an unbelievable job, seriously, I don’t know how you did it, but you could start a business doing that kind of thing.
Chris and Bridge, unfailing in their cheery disposition, were a sight to behold at those many pit stops, and finishes.
Phil, Henry, Thibault, Mateusz, what a dream team they are. Brilliant coaching, brilliant routes, leading, following, signing, and general bonhomie, legends!
Anyway, now that one can reflect from a normal seated position, I am so grateful to have shared this experience with a really great bunch, the route was absolutely superb, and what a great place to finish.
A lifetime of memories formed over 3 days, epic, I loved every minute of it, apart from that last hill before Nimes, which was supposed to ‘downhill to lunch’ !
Love you all,