On Thursday 15th June our team of avid cyclers (AKA DREAM WHEELERS) travelled overnight to France, to take part in a two-day, 101 mile cycling extravaganza around Normandy. After all the hard work and preparation, the first night was the perfect opportunity to relax with a few beverages or get some rest before the first day of the event.
The ferry arrived in Caen on Friday morning where the courageous cyclists started the first 50 miles of their journey. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful, which enhanced the views whilst riding through the historic Falaise Gap on the way to Coeur de Normandie. During the evening our team had some free time to explore Falaise and enjoy some authentic French cuisine before a comfortable (hopefully ache-free) stay in Hotel Ibis.
On Saturday, the remaining 51 miles of the journey went through delightful Calvados countryside, before reaching the final destination, Ouistreham. The team completed the ride in excellent time, despite the added challenge of road signs being replaced or renumbered! The second night was spent in Hotel Ibis Styles - the cyclists celebrated with a meal in the port after a long, hot, but enjoyable day.
It was an early start on Sunday as the ferry back to Portsmouth departed at 8:30am. Upon arrival, friends, family and supporters welcomed the team and enjoyed a well deserved celebratory drink on what was a scorching summer’s day.
The team are on target to raise at least £7,000 to support our DREAMBUILDING campaign! Well done to the incredible cyclists for taking part in our DREAM WHEELERS event, and thank you to everyone involved!
Rider Mike Harrington said “It was designed for a mixed range of abilities, so there was the right blend of challenging hills and glorious scenery. The support team were superb and I will definitely be recommending the 2018 Ride to everyone next year”.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice is another step/‘101 miles’ closer to raising their target of at least £15.5 million to build a brand new Hospice, however help is still needed and St Wilfrid’s is asking people to become DREAMBUILDERS and help to raise the remainder.