Newcastle2Paris: Day Five

A group of cyclists from Sage have set off from our Newcastle office to cycle to Paris to raise funds for Cancer Research. They’ll be spending a grueling 10 to15 hours in the saddle every day and will be cycling 600 miles. Here is their blog from Day Five. You can also follow them on twitter #sagebikerideand donate at their Just Giving page.

Day 5 we set off from Croydon in search of the White Cliffs of Dover.

At Croydon we were joined by an additional 14 riders, ready to start their adventure to Paris..

The day didn’t start well for Khalid Fazeli, who couldn’t fit his new peddles and then several miles later his cleat came off, this was then followed by multiple punctures.

Day 5

The group then started the climb over the South Downs, and then a very scary decent on a slippery road, thankfully everybody got down safely, even Andrew Murphy who attempted to break the British land speed record.

The day was one of rain showers, one minute it was waterproofs on, then waterproofs off, then waterproofs on, then waterproof off, then we headed for he pub for a long lunch.

The route took us thought the beautiful Kent countryside, and eventually we saw the sea for the first time and France started to feel close. Within 10 miles of Dover the group were met by the biggest climb of the trip on the climb out of Folkestone. On the big hill Hugh McCloud did a comedy fall when he didn’t get his foot out of the cleats quick enough and fell into the grass verge.

We all arrived in Dover, checked into the fantastic Dover Best Western, to watch England beat Sweden 3:2. Everybody then had an early night, as we were getting up at 4.30 am for the first ferry to Calais.

Ian Clarke