Paris to Geneva Cycle Challenge
On the morning of 1st October, 10 intrepid cyclists met in the dark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Their mission was to cycle to Lake Geneva, in Switzerland, over 380 miles away, in just 5 days. The reason for this madness was to raise funds for The Change Foundation. They met some pretty grim conditions along the way, would they all make it?
Day 1 – The group rode 97 miles from Paris to Sens. The route took the team across Paris and south-west out of the City. The countryside on the way to Sens is known as Burgundy’s granary: cereals and orchards predominate. While it was a long day in the saddle to start, there was nice scenery, and everyone made it safely.
Day 2 – From Sens they continued cycling towards the foothills of the Alps and deeper into the Burgundy Region. The wind and rain was pretty brutal at times but once again everyone managed to cycle the 75 miles and arrived in the finish town of Avallon.
Day 3 – Leaving Avallon with a pretty ride through the town centre, it was then around 100 miles of rolling hills, past Dijon (home of the mustard) to finish in Chalon-sur-Saone. There were 20 tired legs by the end of the day, slightly tempered by the famous wines such as Mercurey, Givry, Montagny and Rully on offer at dinner.
Day 4 – With the fatigue building in the legs, the 80 miles trip from Chalon-sur-Saone to Saint-Claude was never going to be easy, but with 1200m of climbing to boot as the Alps became a reality, this could be the day that we saw some wavering. Our hardy cyclists did nothing of the sort as they battled through to the finish. 1 day to go!
Day 5 – Looking at the mileage, Saint-Claude to Geneva is only about 30 miles, easy! However, the team would have to climb up to over 1300m above sea level as they pressed on into the Alps, towards Geneva and a well-earned rest. Of course, everyone made it to Switzerland and rolled into Geneva exhausted, yet happy and smiling. Well done!
We can’t thank everyone that took part enough, what you did for us was amazing and we are really happy for your achievement cycling between these two iconic cities, especially with the harsh conditions that you faced. When you have had a chance to rest and recover, we look forward to welcoming you back for another challenge. We would also like to thank Maximum Adventure for providing the logistics for the event.
If you are reading this and fancy doing a challenge for The Change Foundation then please speak to Alex Bassan, who will talk you thorough the various options.