Another long distance cycle challenge for The Exeter Foundation.
This time Exeter to Belfast for the Chiefs European Challenge Cup game against Ulster in October.
Much better weather aided the 450 mile cycle. A lot less bikes to fix, which was a blessing. A very hilly Wales to Fisguard and stunning scenery up the East coast of Ireland made this an enjoyable challenge. Shame the Chiefs lost by one point ! Next time eh ?
Exeter Rugby European Cycle Challenge was just that !
Cycling to the European Cup tie in Bordeaux to see the Chiefs do battle on January 16th 2016
22 cyclists, including myself took on the 500 mile challenge leaving Sandy Park on Sunday the 10th Jan, with a support team of 4 others including Chairman Tony Rowe and his wonder bus "Doris" !
All this was to raise funds for The Exeter Foundation http://www.exeterfoundation.org.uk/ and between us we have raised well over £20,000.
We are not going to deny that the challenge was tough, through some very tricky conditions at times, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the whole team working together, to reach a cold but sunny Bordeaux on Friday 15th.
Fuelled by Jaffa Cakes and the now infamous Cheese & Ham Baguettes made by Tony, Logisitics by Col "Saunders" ( Nigel Brown !) saw us through the days.
Many punctures, brake changing, chain snagging etc etc we kept everyone on bikes to finish, I do actually feel a sense of achievement and still can't believe I rode the 500 miles, making new friends and raising funds along the way. At least a got a very comfy trip back on "Doris" - Thanks Tony for that.
We were pleased to support riders on the First Exe Cyclethon, with refreshments, on Sunday 13th September.
Sponsored by Wilkinson Grant in the community and Radio Exe, the family ride for Exeter City's Football in the Community & Dream Away charities was a big success. Riders started at Exmouth and cycled through Topsham to Exeter for the fun 13 mile ride. Paul Nero of Radio Exe was happy to announce that this will be an annual event which will grow and grow.
Pictured here is Julian Tagg from ECFC, Paul Nero joined with other Radio Exe Staff.
The 16th Nello Century Cycle Challenge took place on Sunday 28th June 2015.
Liz and friends, Doug Pestell from Petite Maison and Kevin Phillips, cycled over the roof of Exmoor in the 100 mile challenge for FORCE.
Wet and windy conditions didn't dampen the spirits, fuelled by fantastic cake stops ! The trio made the most of the hospitality on offer !
Well done to everyone completing the 55 mile and 100 mile rides. approx 1500 riders helped to raise a target of £90,000 for FORCE cancer charity in Exeter.
Thank you Cycling Weekly for featuring Route 2 Topsham in their top 10 choices of cycling cafes in the UK!! We feal very honoured as the only place featured in the Westcountry. Spread the word friends! x Thank you Cycling Weekly
We are pleased to announce that we were finalists in the Express & Echo Business Awards 2013 in the Corporate Social Responsibility Category - Really an award for Topsham as everything we do is part of the community and many are involved. Thank you everyone for making everything so special.
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