With apologies for the delay whilst we’ve gotten back to real life and generally recovered, there is of course one thing very important thing we’ve yet to say: Thank you.
Thank you to absolutely everyone who donated, encouraged, followed and supported us – we did it! Not only that but we raised an unbelievable £15,450 in the process and it’s all down to you all, so again – THANK YOU!
The trip was better than we ever could have imagined. We enjoyed beautiful vistas in Belgium, expensive beers in Luxembourg, straight flat roads in France and some alpine action in Switzerland, before rolling into the sun baked town of Varese right on time.
There were some easier days and some tougher days, a few lows but plenty of highs (don’t feel sorry for us!), all washed down with tens of thousands of calories worth of energy bars and espresso. Luke was by far and away the most unlucky / aggressive / plucky rider, managing to get to the end with 3 more-than-minor crashes to his name – with everyone else staying mostly upright.
There are so many stories and anecdotes that we’d love to share but won’t because they’re either too rude or too boring if you weren’t there….but take our word for it that we had an absolute BLAST spending 2 weeks with each other achieving so much for such a great cause.
A big thank you goes to the town of Varese, its mayor, journalists, doctors and police outriders who warmly welcomed us and gave us a reception we couldn’t have dreamed of ever getting.
We’re chuffed that we will be donating €13,000 to the Ospedale di Circolo in order to build and maintain their new Haematology unit family room, and the remainder of the funds you have all kindly donated will go to Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research who do great work here in the UK and who have been very supportive.
With any luck we’ll be able to take a trip back out to Varese later in the year to see the room being built and furnished and hopefully opened and enjoyed. In the meantime we’re all enjoying a well-earned rest from the saddle.
Luke has put together a highlights reel from the trip below – we hope you enjoy it at least a small fraction as much as we enjoyed gathering the footage!