London To Paris: The Last Push
On the final leg of their ride, Alfie shares his experience of the journey…
“We are now really close to Paris – I’m about to set off for the final 45 miles/about 72km to get to the Eiffel Tower.
Yesterday was hard as it was the third long day but there weren’t as many hills as I expected.
We left our B&B after breakfast and had a little hill to go up through a forest. Mummy was riding with us for the first stage and we took a few wrong turns but then we climbed up out of the valley and did a long descent to our first stop at Ribeaucourt.
There we met my granddad Nicky and his godson Jonno who came with us for the day and are staying with us until we get to Paris. We did some fast downhill in the sunshine and then had lunch by the River Somme (and I went for a quick swim).
After lunch we ended up on a gravel road and it was bumpy and quite fun, the surface was even rough than the Tour of Flanders. I bunneyhopped the bad bits.
The rest of the day was quite hard as I had already used a lot of energy but we got to Beauvais just as it was starting to get dark. In all we did 123km. Then I had steak hache and went to bed.
Today we are doing the last bit to Paris. I will feel a bit destroyed when I get there probably but I think I will feel proud when we finally get to the Eiffel Tower.
Thank you again to Hargroves for helping me. I’m wearing my kit today. It will be a big day.”