Cyclists to travel from Horsham to Nice for Catherine’s Hospice

A team of 6 cyclists and 2 support crew are preparing for an 11 day challenge cycling from Horsham to Nice in the South of France in aid of St Catherines Hospice . With a total of 55000ft to climb whilst on the trip, this is an endurance challenge of quite epic proportions.
Setting themselves the target of £20000, work is underway to both train, and fundraise for the ride. With just over £5000 collected so far, progress is good.
Training began at the start of the year and ride director Steve o’Carroll says, “None of us can be classed as anything close to elite athletes, training has been quite eye opening to what is in front of us.”
The inspiration for the event came from Pauls desire to support the hospice after the excellent support they provided his Family and the family of one of his best friends.  After years of organising charity golf days and raising over £50000 he wanted to continue to do more.
At the age of 30 Paul ran the London marathon raising funds for St Catherines and decided he should set another big challenge  once he hit 40.
Initially aiming to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats it was when holding conversations and seeking advice from fellow cyclists that the idea of cycling through France came up. It seemed to hold more appeal and a team was soon recruited.
Consisting of
 – 6 x Cyclists and a 2 Man Support Team:
Cyclists – Paul Hebden/George Hebden/Nick O’Carroll/Matt Sprigge/Lewis Reeves/Dean Robinson
Support Van Team – Steve O’Carroll/Chris Macauley

They will set out on June 8th positive that the challenge can be completed and more importantly that the fundraising goal can be met.

Prior to saddling up there will be a fundraising day in the Carfax on May 25th from 10am-4pm where people can meet the team, check out some of the bikes, enter a raffle, enjoy a cake sale and other smaller fundraising opportunities.
For most of the team, this challenge is the first of its kind for them, “Nick cycled Route 40 from Atlantic City to San Francisco in 2010 to raise money for Help for Heros so he is well aware of what lays ahead. The rest of us are keen cyclists and sportsmen with an interest in fitness and wellbeing so have been trainimg hard but we are well aware that this is an ambitious challenge.” Says Steve.
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