SW 2018 Charity Bike Ride
19 of our property experts have completed the annual SW charity bike ride which this year saw the team cycle 220 miles from London to Brussels in just three days.
The team cycled in support of Marie Curie, the UK charity providing care and support to people living with terminal illness, and their families, bringing light in their darkest hours.
Having already raised over £4,200 the cyclists are keen to continue fundraising efforts and hopefully top the £4,500 mark, having surpassed the initial £3,000 fundraising target before the trip began. Support them here : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sw2018
About the ride
This year’s ride began at Greenwich Park, home to one of the most iconic views of London and the River Thames.Having cycled from London to Paris a few years ago, the team knew to expect a busy ride out of London and after around three hours of stop start cycling, they were all relieved to arrive at Chatham for a lunch break overlooking the docks. In the afternoon, the traffic cleared and the team were able stretch their legs as they followed signs for Sustrans Route 1, a long-distance cycle route that connects Dover and the Shetland Islands. Following a tough first day the cyclists were relieved to arrive at their accommodation for the first night, in two town houses on campus at the University of Canterbury.
Having stayed 20 miles outside of Dover it was an early start and a race for the 10-o clock ferry to Dunkirk. Upon arrival in France the team set off in over 30-degree heat, keeping the sea on their left and heading for Bruges. Despite the high temperatures the team were able to keep a good pace and despite multiple stops to top on water they made it to Bruges in time for Belgium’s world cup clash with Brazil!
The third and longest day, provided more of the same picturesque countryside, as the route winded alongside the canals between Bruges and Belgium. Following a much needed lunch break in Ghent the team had a decision to make, push on to try and make it the final 45 miles to Brussels and possibly risk missing the football, or stop halfway to watch the game. Taking into account the high temperature and number of miles already in their legs they took the sensible route and stopped in the typically Belgian town of Aalst. Following England’s win the last 20 miles flew by, with a jubilant mood throughout the team as they rode into Brussels en masse.