Rowers battle bad weather in France ride
Despite facing ‘horrendous’ weather, a group of four teenagers battled the elements to complete a charity cycle ride to France two days early.
Having ridden 720 miles in eight days, cycling for up to 10 hours a day, Tom Bowles, 18, Amy Bowles, 16, Victoria Burgess, 17, and Kieran Dibley, 18, completed their Breast Cancer Care charity ride earlier this month.
The idea was for the four members of Sudbury Rowing Club to cycle to the Rowing World Championships in Aiguebellette in the South of France, raising money for charity in the process.
The quartet arrived two days earlier than planned, despite the weather turning against them for the first five days of the challenge.
“Before the trip the furthest I had ever ridden in one day was 35 miles, now I can say I’ve done 100,” said Victoria.
“I think what we’ve done shows that anyone can do mental things like this, it’s all about breaking every day down into chunks so you don’t get too overwhelmed.”
Tom added: “We went out on the first few days and got absolutely hammered on by wind and rain.
“We did 120 miles in three days, when we should have done 220, and there was at least one stage where I thought we’d miss the rowing at the end.
“But after we went through Paris we had French weather all the way to the end and caught up with the mileage, and then some.”
The group raised more than £2,000, 340 per cent of their original target, with the keen rowers running a stall and collecting funds at the recent Sudbury Regatta.
“The group would like to that all those who have already donated, and also to those whose support has been overwhelming,” said Tom.
Donations can still be made by visiting www.just giving.com/southoffrance cycle/.