2017 Five Nations

….and now to the last Charity Bike Ride of 2017. Almost 900km (and climbing 9,000m/30,000ft …more than the height of Mount Everest!) around Europe in 4 days; riding through Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and France, and taking in several iconic cycling locations – usually iconic for reasons of sadistic notoriety.

Again, fundraising for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity along with, this time, the ‘KMAC’ Cancer Charity.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. They need no introduction. The UK’s largest Children’s Hospital. Saved my daughter’s life, and thrust into international limelight after caring for dozens of the injured after the Manchester Terror Attack (and still caring for several). We are so lucky to have this amazing facility on our doorstep.

KMAC. Cancer Charity. Set up by Nicola Murrells after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013. The charity has raised over £2m in 12 months. Nicola sadly lost her fight with cancer on 8th September this year and was laid to rest on Friday 29th September in Prestbury, Cheshire just 5 days before we set off….

Nine of us, all Dads from Pownall Hall School in Wilmslow, set off on Wednesday 4th October, travelling overnight, to arrive in Holland at 7am….then straight on with the cycling.

Day one – Thurs 5th October – Rotterdam to Aachen
Day two – Fri 6th – Aachen to Bastogne (along with over 3,000m of climbing)
Day three – Sat 7th – Bastogne to Roubaix (via the Carrefour de l’Arbre cobbles and finishing with laps of the famous Roubaix outdoor Velodrome)
Day four – Sun 8th – Roubaix to Calais via the cobbled Kemmelberg Climb

Carrefour de l’Arbre
Our route took us on the (in)famous 2.1km 4th section of pavé from the Paris Roubaix cycling race, the 260km road race known as the Hell of the North, founded in 1896. The Pavé are infamous large cobblestones that make up 29 sections of the race, easily the hardest terrain the road race calendar visits.

Roubaix Velodrome

The finishing point of the Paris Roubaix race, built in 1895.

Kemmelberg Cobbled Climb (yes that says 23%)

The Ride in Pictures

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