In July the JDRF Global Cycle Challenge team set off from the pretty village of Vaz on the edge of the Dolomite mountains with the route and challenge laid out before them. The group set off to tackle the first day, a mere 120km with 2800m of climbing. This was followed by 102km and 2200m on day 2 and a gentle final day of 116km and 3200m. So over the entire 3 day challenge route the group had cycled nearly the same height as Everest! In addition to this they also have to date raised an phenomenal $260,000 for JDRF which is truly amazing.
Then this last month saw Brian lead a small team to successfully summit Elbrus in Georgia, one of the 7 summits. The team had to struggle with several days of poor weather and heavy snow fall which saw a number of avalanches high on the mountain. A number of teams decided to descend but with Brian keen eye noticed a chance of a weather window so they grabbed this with both hands and reached the summit in the early morning and were safely back down at the base for dinner. We will be returning next year so please get in touch if you would like to join us.
Finally we have just had our last London to Paris event for the year to come home after more fantastically challenging weather, this didn't dilute the amazing cycling through the Hampshire countryside then down through the rolling fields of Northern France via Dieppe and into the bustling capital of Paris, finishing beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower. Well done to everyone who took part.
There is no rest for the wicked though as we still have several more cycle challenges taking place this month as well as the epic Brutal, a double iron man distance triathlon!