London to Paris – 2 Cities, 4 Days, 300 Miles

During last year’s glorious summer I was persuaded by some good friends to dust off my old rusty mountain bike and join them for some short cycle rides to the beach where we enjoyed some wine and a bbq or two.

I enjoyed the cycling so much and was looking for a new challenge so in a moment of pure madness I decided to sign up for the London to Paris Bike Ride which will take place in April this year.

Having committed myself I then realised that this was in fact a huge challenge and I was going to need lots of support and advice to get me there.

I had heard a lot about Cycle Seahaven so decided to contact them with the intention of joining.

My first ride was a Thursday night pub ride where I met some fabulous people and had a great night out.  I have since been on many Thursday night rides and have also enjoyed a number of Sunday mtb rides.

The London to Paris ride is all on road so I needed to purchase a new road bike (something I have never owned before) and after discussions with the boys at Mr Cycles, Seaford I came home with a lovely shiny Giant.  I also needed to start training on the roads to get my road mileage up and so I joined the Sunday Touring Club Ride and the Tuesday Touring Ride both led by Clive.

Cycle Seahaven has given me the opportunity and support to prepare for my challenge and without their help and advice it would have proved incredibly difficult to achieve.  In addition, I have had some fantastic fun times and have made some great friends.

I was looking for a new challenge but in fact have found a new hobby which will last a lifetime.

The purpose of my challenge of cycling from London to Paris is to raise awareness and funds for a charity which is very close to my heart – LUPUS UK (charity no 1051610).  Lupus UK is the national charity that helps those with systemic lupus and discoid lupus.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive and start to attack itself.  The symptoms are many and varied and will often include extreme fatigue and chronic panic.  Lupus can attack organs which makes this illness life threatening.  There is currently no cure.  (for more information on Lupus and or Lupus UK please visit www.lupusuk.org.uk)

If you would like to support me in my challenge you can visit www.doitforcharity.com/JBarlow and make a donation. Alternatively I am hosting a Dinner and Quiz night on Wednesday 8th April at the Hampden Arms in South Heighton.  This is a ticket only event and tickets are on sale now for £12 per person from The Hampden Arms or the office at Three Ponds Holiday Park.  Teams of up to 6 people and dinner is a 2 course set meal.

Thank you for your support

Joanne Barlow

Club Ride, Sunday 8th March 2015

Club Ride, Sunday 8th March 2015

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Post-ride relax on the beach

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Newhaven West Quay