Cyclists ride from London to Paris for the Chelmsford children’s charity

29 dedicated supporters battled high temperatures to reach the finish line in Paris.

Submitted by Kids Inspire

A group of 29 cyclists set out from central London to cycle between 60 and 70 miles a day to the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 16.

Riding in aid of the Kids Inspire charity, based in Chelmsford, Essex, the team spent around 450 hours in the saddle between them, cycling in scorching hot conditions that peaked at 42 degrees.

Advent-Ecliptic Team Leader and Kids Inspire Ambassador Barry Milchem ​​said, “I took on this challenge to raise much needed funds for the charity and the children it supports.

“There was a real buzz in the band throughout and as we got to central Paris and got closer to the Eiffel Tower, I was surprised at how moving it was – there was great party feeling.The ride was hard work but worth it.

“Team Kids Inspire” was made up of businesses and individuals, some of whom were inspired by Sue Bell OBE – CEO and founder of the charity.

Steve Bush, a cyclist who had lost 252 pounds during a personal transformation before entering the race, said: “I chose to ride for Kids Inspire for several reasons. Firstly because it’s local and I know about Sue and the charity through Unique Results (Steve and Sue’s gym), and secondly because I’ve found great support and mental well-being in my personal journey.

“Those are two things that Kids Inspire offers and that, in turn, aligns with my own personal values.”

Funds raised will help Kids Inspire continue to provide mental health services to children and young people in Essex and beyond.

Paula Ashfield, fundraising manager at the charity, said: “What an achievement from each of our 29 cyclists. The conditions were extreme with such hot weather, but they all put up a fight, even with broken spokes and loss of speed for some.

“We are extremely grateful for all the time and effort the team has put into training and fundraising on our behalf and we couldn’t be more proud of the result. Thank you all again for making a real difference for so many people.”

The next Kids Inspire fundraising challenge will take place in September and will feature a 15-mile accessible cycle route around Great Baddow to celebrate 15 years of service.

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