Over The Top

Cycling over 700km via the mountains for Boo Charity, September 2014.

First, a little history…

In 2012, 5 otherwise intelligent and successful businessmen cycled from Poole to Paris in 3 days. It should have been 235 miles, although in reality it was nearer 250 miles due to several wrong turns and a catastrophic failure in understanding the simple navigation system.

Then, in 2013, joined by a couple of extra victims, the magnificent 7 continued where they left off in Paris, and headed for Bordeaux. This should have been 380 miles (however it was over 400 because Russ took his Garmin system again) in 4 days. One member of the team, David “The Machine” Webb had to pull out due to business commitments, however having become tired of the ribbing from his friends, cycled from Caen to Bordeaux (500 miles) two weeks later, remarkably though, solo without the aid of the support van.

Now, in 2014, the intrepid team (again, joined by others) will be cycling from Bordeaux to Perpignan, going “over the top” of the Pyrenees via the awesome Col du Tourmalet, one of the highest roads in Europe (2115m/6939ft) and one of the most popular stages of the Tour de France. This will be around 425 miles assuming Russ leaves his GPS at home, otherwise if he brings it, the trip could well end up being over 450 miles.