A hardy team of cyclists from Bedford have pedalled to Paris in just four days, raising thousands for a number of charities.
Twenty volunteers from Charles Wells have completed a gruelling challenge, cycling from the company’s d’Parys pub in Bedford to Paris for charity.
The group pedalled their way to another Charles Wells pub, The Bombardier, located on the left bank of Paris in just four days, smashing their fundraising target.
The team was made up of staff from all areas of the brewery and included cyclists of all abilities – at least one of them didn’t even own a bike when they signed up for the challenge!
Peter Wells, managing director of Charles Wells UK pubs, was one of the team who spent weeks in preparation and finished victorious by riding up to The Bombardier pub for a well-deserved pint.
He said: “This was a gruelling challenge but I’m so pleased and proud to have been part of it.
“Everyone put their heart and soul into the most ambitious fundraising event we’ve ever staged and we kept each other going through great teamwork, good humour and perseverance.”
The Charles Wells 2015 Cycle Challenge has smashed its original target of £20,000 for the Charles Wells chosen charities - Macmillan Cancer Care and Sue Ryder’s St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, Bedford.
Having completed 1,354 training hours, covering 30,817km, the team completed their trial by cycling 540km (336m) in under four days, tackling every weather condition thrown at them, to encourage sponsorship and other fundraising donations.
Mr Wells said: “It was the most amazing feeling to finally sink a pint of Bombardier at The Bombardier pub and we’d like to thank everyone who supported us for their donations and encouragement.
“There is, of course, still time for people to help swell our fundraising coffers through the Charles Wells 2015 Cycle Challenge page on www.virginmoneygiving.com and help me acknowledge the amazing feat that my fellow cyclists have achieved.”