Monthly Archives: September 2015

Nick’s Fundraising Ride – Day 3 – Evreux to Paris

Keeping you up to date with the progress of MPA’s Creative Director, Nick Hunt, as  he tackles a London to Paris fundraising cycle ride over three days…

5 September 2015

Day Three

Lunch time

Lunch time

The final day!  Leaving Evreux this morning the pelaton headed East through charming traditional French towns and villages, stopping for lunch at Septeuil.  Then it was one last push, or hopefully peddle, as they headed towards the finish line.

Regrouping at Bois de Boulogne

Regrouping at Bois de Boulogne

On reaching Paris the 120 riders regrouped at the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park located along the western edge of the 16th arrondissement, so that they could all cycle together along the Champs-Elysee, around the Arc de Triomphe and onto the Eiffel Tower and the finishing line.

He made it!

imageA very well deserved glass of champagne as reward for making it that far, and Nick and his compatriots could finally relax. They also had the official group photos taken, which we will share with you when we get them.  Tonight, after a chance to freshen up they will all get together for a well earned celebratory dinner.

What an amazing thing to do.  Nick is passionate about what MPA does, and where we do it, which is why he’s chosen to have his fundraising efforts on this challenge go to the charity.  All of us who benefit from the work of MPA are extremely grateful, both to Nick and to everyone who sponsored him. At the time of writing this Nick has reached his target, in fact, it’s slightly more.  Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to help support the work of MPA.  We’ll be keeping the page open for a while longer and would greatly appreciate any further support. His JustGiving page is here :

https://www.justgiving.com/NickHuntMPA

Tomorrow Nick has a free morning in Paris, the team think that, should he be able to move, he’s bound to head for the nearest art gallery, or cafe, or preferably an art gallery with a cafe!  Then its on the Eurostar back to London; across London, with bike, to the Manchester train, and finally home.  He’s taking Monday off!

Right, who wants to do the challenge next year? 😉

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Nick’s Fundraising Ride – Day 2 – Caen to Evreux

Keeping you up to date with the progress of MPA’s Creative Director, Nick Hunt, as  he tackles a London to Paris fundraising cycle ride over three days…

4 September 2015

Day Two

Day Two

Queuing for the ferry

Queuing for the ferry

Eleven hours in the saddle yesterday and after a late night, caused by waiting to board the ferry, Nick was up at 5.30am in order to get some breakfast on the boat before docking at 7am.  He says he’s doing okay, but less aches and pains would be good!

We do hope tiredness doesn’t make him forget to cycle on the left!

Leaving Caen on a greenway, at least there was no traffic to deal with straight away.  They cycle on towards Rouen, before heading on to quieter roads in the direction of Evreux.  The landscape is rolling hills and quaint French villages typical of the region.  A lunch stop in Thiveville, just north of Liseaux, very welcome.

Nick’s pleased to discover that he’s definitely not the slowest cyclist, but is sticking quite close to the back of the pelaton.  Better for the ego to move forward through it, than to drop back!

Leaving Caen

Leaving Caen

Following lunch they pressed on towards Evreux, and he’s completed day two. Nick arrived at 4pm, only a 9 hour day in the saddle today!

Tonight’s about a good dinner and a proper bed – luxury after the ferry bunks. But will it be an early night for Nick or will he prefer a quiet stroll through the town and a nightcap at one of the many bars and cafes – hmm!

Final day tomorrow – Paris here he comes!

Please support his fundraising effort if you can : https://www.justgiving.com/NickHuntMPA

Nick’s Fundraising Ride – Day 1 – London to Caen

Keeping you up to date with the progress of MPA’s Creative Director, Nick Hunt, as  he tackles a London to Paris fundraising cycle ride over three days…

3 September 2015

Day One

Day One

morning 1

Morning briefing

After an early morning briefing by the event leader the cyclists set off from central London at 8.30am.  There are 120 on this challenge ride so Nick will, hopefully, have plenty of options of where to ride in the pack – although he probably won’t be up front with the speed merchants!

Setting off

Setting off

From starting with the joys of London traffic they soon leave the hustle and bustle behind as they cross the North Downs, the first encounter with hills!

Day 1 - first break compressedA lunch stop near the town of Haslemere allows everyone to catch their breath before continuing across the beautiful, but very hilly South Downs.  Then it’s into Portsmouth.

Nick got to Portsmouth at 7.20pm, an 11 hour day in the saddle!

After a well earned dinner at a local hotel, and a chance to freshen up, there’s one more mile to ride to the ferry terminal, and then on to the ferry.  Let’s all hope that the seas are kind and that Nick, and his fellow riders, can get some much needed sleep during the final part of the journey to Caen, especially as it’s a 7am start tomorrow.

Please support his fundraising effort if you can : https://www.justgiving.com/NickHuntMPA

Nick’s Fundraising Ride – The Countdown!

Keeping you up to date with the progress of MPA’s Creative Director, Nick Hunt, as  he tackles a London to Paris fundraising cycle ride over three days…

2 September 2015

Well he’s on the train heading for London and the 8.30am start for tomorrow’s ride.  All the months of training, disrupted on a few occasions by injury and accident, are behind him, there is no more time to prepare – this is it!

Oddly, packing has caused the most consternation over the last two days.  ‘Travel light’, the organisers say, but that’s not so easy when they send a two page ‘must bring’ list.  The first aid items alone total 13, which has slightly unnerved Nick!

Getting the bike on the train

Getting the bike on the train

Luggage will be in a van while they are riding, but Nick needs to get across London with his bike and luggage to reach the starting point.  If you’ve ever seen a turtle stuck on its back, you’ll have an idea of what Nick looked like when he put his fully loaded rucksack on for the first time – no way is he going to be riding a bike wearing that, especially across London.  Losing all contents bar the official ‘kit list’ didn’t help much.  Let’s hope he can find a helpful cabbie at Euston station!  Good luck Nick…

His fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/NickHuntMPA

His Lucky Charm

His Lucky Charm!