London to Paris 2019 cycle videos

kev at paris 2019In June I rode to Paris with a 10 mums and dads of kids with Type 1, plus 16 year old Jack (who has Type 1 himself).

Finally the videos are done.

It was ridiculously hot, riding in temperatures up to 43 Celsius, that made it quite hard work at times. We managed to minimise some of the heat by leaving our hotels really early but it still wasn’t enough, especially on the hottest day, day 3.
It was a self-supported ride, where we carried our own luggage, tools and spares, and were responsible for fixing any mechanicals. Out of the four Paris rides I’ve done we experienced the most issues this year: from Svenia’s tubeless tyre puncture woes; to Steve’s broken spoke; to Andrew’s cracked wheel rim 30km from the nearest shop!
The heat and issues were all overcome and we had a lot of fun, it really was a great group. Caveat: every trip has been great fun, brilliant team work and camaraderie, lots of beer and wine too.
The end result was we raised £12,000 for JDRF.

Here’s the videos from this year. Sit back, enjoy, and if you think you might like to do this let me know. If you want to do your own trip then full planning information is available at london-to-paris.winchcombe.org

London to Paris with the Diabetes Dads – 5 weeks to go

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The logo I’ve designed for the event water bottles

A few years ago I helped get a large team of Diabetes Dads – Dads with kids who have Type 1 – together to ride the London Nightrider. Around 30 of us rode, raising £20k for JDRF. It was a great night.

This year twelve of us are riding from London to Paris, starting on the 24th May from JDRF’s offices in London, through to the Trocadero in Paris which we’ll (hopefully!) reach 4 days later. Many hardcore cyclists would do this in less days but this will be a social ride, discussing diabetes, our kids and tech. Plus there *may* be stops at the odd auberge.
The ride will be unsupported much like the ones I’ve done in 2015 and 2016. If you’re thinking of doing something like this yourself check out my blog at london-to-paris.winchcombe.org.

It’s 200 miles, 65 miles for days 1 and 2, 35-40 miles for days 3 and 4.

How fit do you need to be

This isn’t something only the uber fit can do, you just need to train. Like most of the team I’ve started from nothing, no regular training for months before starting training for this. Starting at 10 mile rides and now happily at 40 mile rides, a few more training weeks should see me able to complete the event.

Getting fit is hard

Many of my friends think that I cycle all the time so this ride will be easy, but prior to starting training I’ve not cycled since last year’s Nightrider in June 2017. I’d forgotten how quickly you lose fitness and just how hard it is to get it back again.

Fundraising is hard

I’ve not done any fundraising for a couple of years but times are tight for many and I’m finding fundraising really hard at the moment. I think I’m suffering from this challenge being no harder than the last one and that people think this will be easy for me, it won’t, I’m no weekend-warrior-cyclist, those hills and that mileage really take its toll on my still-in-their-forties-just legs.

Training not walking

It seems like I’ve been waiting for the warm days – like today – to appear and I never realised how much of a fair weather cyclist I must be. It’s time to stop talking about the ride and get out and do some longer, decent training rides over the South Downs.

If you can spare a few quid you can sponsor us using this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/diabetes-dads
Or donate by texting DDTP50 £1 to 70070. You can change the ‘£1’ for any amount, e.g. ‘£1000’ 🙂