Fancy cycling to Paris for a good cause? Pedal up to open evening on Thursday to find out what’s involved

Cycle challenge
Cycle challenge

Cyclists looking for a challenge are being invited to pedal up to an informal open evening about a fundraising London to Paris bike ride this week.

The event in aid of the Northchurch-based Hospice Of St Francis will hit the road next July, and the open evening on Thursday at 7.30pm will explain what’s involved and let people meet some of the team who took part this year.

Anthony Fogden from Highfield, Hemel Hempstead, was one of a team of 35 riders who took part this year, raising a combined total of £45,000 for the Hospice.

He described the experience as “the most amazing, mind-blowing experience of my life – with the exception of having children and getting married.”

The 51-year-old father of three raised an incredible £4,500 for the hospice, cycling in memory of his dad Ron.

He said: “Riding up to the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in convoy as part of a sea of yellow shirts was unbelievable.

Paris stopped for us. People lined the streets, clapping and cheering, cars tooted, builders waved their tools. We all had tears in our eyes. We didn’t want it to end.

“To think you’ve ridden 300 miles and hopefully changed someone’s end-of-life experience is something I’ll never forget.

“We all know the amazing work the Hospice does and it makes us all very proud of what we’ve done. The sense of achievement you’ll experience will be one you’ll treasure forever.”

Hospice community fundraiser Andrea Grant said: “If you want to be inspired to take on a challenge that will change your life and help provide essential funds for our work, just come along.

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