Louth cyclists in epic 600-mile bike ride to twin town in France

Cyclists setting off to France on their Charity cycle ride from the Market Place in Louth. Photo: Ian Holmes.
Cyclists setting off to France on their Charity cycle ride from the Market Place in Louth. Photo: Ian Holmes.
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FOUR local cycling enthusiasts have spent four days wheeling their way to Louth’s twin town of La Ferté-Bernard in France pedalling 600 miles for charity.

Cyclists Pete Goy, Dave Cox, Owen Koslow and Ewan Finlay, who are aged between 27 and 51-years-old, jumped on their bikes in the Market Place in Louth on Tuesday, April 2.

The quartet left behind a cheering crowd of family and friends who waved them off as they began the first leg of their trip to Hull.

From Hull the guys travelled via an overnight ferry to Holland. After cycling through Holland the challenge continued into Belgium and the final stage of the tour saw the foursome cycle to France where they completed their cycle ride in La Ferté-Bernard, Louth’s twin town.

The quartet were successful in covering 600 miles in just four days, averaging 150 miles per day and arrived in France on Friday afternoon, April 6.

Cyclist Dave Cox told the Leader some of the highlights of the trip, he said: “Overall, the trip was absolutely amazing.

“The cycle lanes in Holland were fantastic, we found some difficulty in Belgium crossing a river and a local resident rode with us to help us across and despite a knee injury half way through the trip, we all got there in the end.”

All funds raised will go to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance who solely rely on donations to continue their operations around the country.

Louth Cycle Centre were also kind enough to help the team with their training and supplies and the company also sponsored their t-shirts for the challenge.

The four guys added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Louth Cycle Centre for all the donated equipment and their support throughout the training for this challenge."

See next week’s Leader to see how much the quartet raised and more details of their incredible journey to Louth’s twin town.