Sunday, 21 March 2010

'The Swiss Roll' - Cycling to Switzerland 2010

Last November my mum, Shirley, died at the age of 68 as a result of Leukaemia. Mum was very active and did a huge amount for others. Sadly she never got to meet her first grandchild, our son Oscar, who was born in February.

This summer in memory of her, and to raise money for Leukaemia Research, my brother James and I are cycling the 550 miles from the Belgian coast to Zurich in Switzerland in 7 days (subject to complex negotiations on the home front, I'm hoping to start 2 days - and 200 miles - earlier in Birmingham).

James and me at the top of Mont Ventoux in 2008

Starting on July 18th, the route will take us along the First World War western front, through Belgium (including Ypres), northern France (including the Champagne and Alsace-Lorraine regions and the Vosges mountains) and Switzerland. We also hope to find where our great-grandfather, John Cope, was injured during the war.

Here's the route (and, before anyone asks, I'm not going to be cycling the Channel - that bit's by ferry!):

Bike route 322271 - powered by Bikemap 

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This isn't one of those 'sponsor my holiday in Peru' jobs - first, we'll be cycling for at least 6 hours a day, and second, none of the donations will go towards our costs!

For more details, and to follow the ride, go here.