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London 2 Paris Bike Ride


World Record Attempt for Fastest cycle from London to Paris on a folding bike in support of Prostate Cancer UK

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London 2 Paris Bike Ride


World Record Attempt for Fastest cycle from London to Paris on a folding bike in support of Prostate Cancer UK

World Record Attempt for Fastest cycle from London to Paris on a folding bike in support of Prostate Cancer UK

Brompton London2Paris24 Bike Ride - During my recent rowing challenge from Portugal to French Guiana, Peter Sowerby a colleague and friend contacted me in the middle of the ocean and explained about his condition, he was diagnosed with advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer on New Year’s Eve 2015 with a PSA reading of 2961. The normal level for a man in his 40’s is a mere 0.7, so you can perhaps sense that his prognosis is not great.  Please read more about his story. 

I asked how I could help raise awareness and decided to support him on his challenges working closely with Prostate Cancer UK on a longer term basis.

Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.

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The Challenge is London to Paris within 24hrs on a Brompton commuters bike.  

I have only had 6 weeks to train and prepare the bike for this epic challenge.

Departing at 1.30pm on Saturday 17th June 2017 from Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel 18 Albert Embankment SE1 7TJ.

The route is circa 65 miles in the UK and then approx.

115 miles in France, with a planned ETA of 3.00pm on Sunday 18th June 2017 at L’Arc De Triomphe and then the party begins!!!

"We rise by lifting others"

"We rise by lifting others"

Show your Support

I  would ask if you can spare the value of 1 days commute to work as a donation to this very worthy cause we (Peter, Prostate Cancer UK and I) would really appreciate your support.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page and read more about Peter's story.  I will provide updates as we make our way to Paris.

Fastest cycle from London to Paris on a Brompton folding bike   

Fastest cycle from London to Paris on a Brompton folding bike

 

World Record Attempt

Cycle from Big Ben in London, UK to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France in 30 hours or less. I will be completing this by using a folding commuter cycle, a Brompton bicycle with 16" wheels.

The World Record will be verified with records from Strava GPS tracking data, as evidence of the speed and duration of the challenge.

This will be supported by data from TravelMap.net and Strava to document the exact route corroborating the route timings.

Your support makes our work possible

Your support makes our work possible

Men dangerously unaware of family link to prostate cancer 

Prostate Cancer UK urges people to have vital talks with their relatives and GP about the most common cancer in men, after our new study reveals half of all UK men don't know about their increased risk of the disease if other family members have had it.


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Atlantic Row


World record Atlantic crossing speed challenge: 4 Nations team rowing from Europe (Portimao in Portugal) to South America (Cayenne in French Guiana). The distance is approximately 3,300 nautical miles (6,100 kilometers).

Atlantic Row


World record Atlantic crossing speed challenge: 4 Nations team rowing from Europe (Portimao in Portugal) to South America (Cayenne in French Guiana). The distance is approximately 3,300 nautical miles (6,100 kilometers).

Completed - New World Record!!

I would like to say a massive thank you to all friends, family and colleagues that have supported the 4Nations Team on achieving a new Guinness World Record for an Altantic Row East to West Mainland Portugal to Mainland French Guiana.  We completed the crossing in an Epic! 48 days 4hrs 53 mins.

Why?

Colin is often asked why he is taking on such extreme challenges, the main reason is to live life to the max and inspire others.  He was introduced to a saying during his training for clipper.  

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

So when an opportunity presented itself on facebook from a fellow clipper alumni to Row the Atlantic, he jumped at the chance to join the team.  After realising the significance of the challenge ahead and several conversations with friends, family and colleagues, he decided to support some charities to help raise awareness for their causes.


The Goal

The 4 Nations team is aiming to break the ocean rowing world record for a mainland to mainland crossing.  They will row from Europe (Portimao in Portugal) to South America (Cayenne in French Guiana). The current world record stands at 50 days, 10 hours and 36 mins; they aim to row it in as few as 45 days.  The team launched the challenge on 6th March and rowing is now underway. 

The conditions on board are harsh, which means “back to basics”. The team will be put to the ultimate test, encountering nature at its best and worst. During the crossing, they will experience extreme weather, painful saltwater sores, blisters on their hands, strong winds, storms and waves of ten meters high.

On board, there is no room for comfort: no shower, no toilet and limited possibilities to cook. They will live on a diet of high-calorie freeze-dried food packages and lots of snacks (chocolate). Drinking water is generated by the water maker on board. Sleeping happens together in a cabin that is even smaller than a single bed!

As Colin has never rowed before this is a monumental experience which will be both a physical and mental challenge. 


The 4 Nations Team

Ralph Tuijn, Skipper

Ralph is 45 years old, he is Dutch, has two young children and is a registered nurse. He is a professional adventurer who has cycled more than 100,000km around the world. He has 10 arctic expeditions to his name, climbed mountains in almost every continent, he is 1 of 5 rowers in the world to have rowed more than 500 days on the ocean and has just come back from running 1,500km across Australia.

Niall Bates, Co Skipper

Niall is 40 years old, Irish but living in the south of France with his wife and 2 sons. He is a keen sailor having rowed since 1995 and crossed the Pacific Ocean in a racing yacht in 2012. But his dream has always been to row the Atlantic Ocean. He rowed competitively at University 20 years ago and has since used an ergo for fitness. He joined a local rowing club earlier this year and they row 3 times a week at sea. Niall loves the sea and loves pushing himself mentally and physically. When not at sea Niall is busy with his property development business.

Clement Mas

Clement is a 25 year old French adventurer. He met Ralph in 2013 in the middle of the desert while cycling around Australia, 15,000 km in 99 days. Since then, he cycled around New Zealand and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He loves to challenge himself and use his own energy to travel. That’s why he instantly decided to join when he heard about the Atlantic Ocean rowing expedition, even though he doesn’t have any experience with the ocean, nor rowing. His father was a professional cyclist and competed in the Tour de France. When Clement is not on adventures, he works on his startup TravelMap.net, a tracking system that allows travellers to share their trips based on a map.

Colin Blears

Colin has become a keen sailor since he sailed from Australia to China and crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a 70 foot racing yacht as part of the Clipper Round The World Yacht race.  In addition to now rowing the Atlantic, Colin is also training for an 8 marathons in 8 days challenge in the Alps later in 2017.  Although new to rowing, Colin has intensively applied himself to learning this new sport and is greatly looking forward to returning to the Ocean for his greatest challenge to date.


Track Team 4 Nations progress

The map below will be powered by a spot tracking device that should send a signal periodically showing the last position of our boat ( Rose / MMSI:244026244 ).  We estimate that we will cover ~70 nautical miles in a 24hr period.  We will start by heading south towards the Canaries and then over to Cape Verde before going west to French Guiana.


The Brain Tumour Charity

After a close friends daughter was diagnosed with a tumour and rushed into hospital, it made Colin realise that life is very precious and you need to make every moment an amazing memory.  Whether you've been diagnosed with a brain tumour, or it's a family member or friend, The Brain Tumour Charity are there to help. Offering a wide range of inclusive and accessible services, for everyone affected by a brain tumour, whether it's low or high grade, adult or child.  

 

Alexander Devine Children's Hospice

Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service now funds Alexander's Nurses who support families across Berkshire in their own homes, providing much needed respite, palliative care, emotional and practical support. They are working towards building Berkshire's very own children's hospice for these local families which will be supported by a home care team.

prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.