Notre Dame or bust for team of ambitious pedallers

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Not content with the usual London-to-Paris challenge, a group of cyclists are setting off from Bedford to the capital of romance.

The route is about 50 miles longer but this team of Bedfordshire lads hope the extra pedalling will help them raise funds for the Bedford Daycare Hospice.

Team member Jos Daalhuizen, from Milton Ernest, said: “We are hoping to raise an ambitious £10,000 for the hospice, which needs every penny and does fantastic work for many people.

“We will set off from the hospice on the morning of Saturday, May 10, next year and hope to arrive at Notre Dame on the 15th, or 16th, depending on our fitness closer to the time!”

The team launched their effort with an evening event at The Sun public house, in Felmersham, with hospice directors, supporters, the cyclists and their crew.

The cyclists are Nick Cromey-Hawke, from Milton Ernest; David Herincx, from Northampton; Hamilton Black, from Pavenham; Jason Martindale, from Harrold; and Jos Daalhuizen. They will be supported by driver Tony Bannard-Smith, from Bromham.

To make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/BDCH-Cycling-Team