North Devon’s charity cyclists tackle London to Paris

SIX teenage cyclists from Torridgeside have conquered a mammoth charity bike ride after cycling the 300 plus miles from London to Paris in four days.

They and the five adults with them raised around �5,000 for the North Devon based charity Edukid, which works to send children to school in poverty stricken Cambodia and Uganda.

None of the riders, the youngest of whom is 15, had ever attempted anything like the long distance cycle before and in fact most made the trip on their own mountain bikes.

Despite this, Lewis Vanstone, Alice Allen, Tom Grainger, Daniel Bough, Matt Baugh and Josh Cooke averaged 70-80 miles a day, which Edukid chairman Chris Turner hailed as an incredible achievement.

“You could see how exhausting this was for them from day one, but they never gave up,” he said.


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The final leg saw the riders arrive at the Eiffel Tower, with some willing to immediately climb the stairs rather than get in the long queue for the lift!

There was little rest when they returned home ether: Arriving at 4.25am on a Tuesday, one had to start work at 4.30, another had a Spanish GCSE oral exam and one, Daniel Bough from Torrington, had PE for his first lesson.

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Even so, he said of the trip: “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I really enjoyed it and want to go for longer next time!”

The money raised will be enough to send 65 impoverished children to school in Cambodia for a whole year. They will also get a school uniforms, books, stationary and equipment as well as supplementary education.

To find out more about edukid visit www.edukid.org.uk or call Chris Turner on 07913 611544.

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