After 200 miles of cycling across France, Julia Clayton and the rest of the cyclists reached the finish yesterday, as they arrived at Lyon! Saturday saw a relatively easy cycle route along cycle paths, and through the longest tunnel in Europe at over one mile long, before they reached Macon on Saturday evening.
Yesterday however proved a much tougher day of cycling, with no more cycle paths in site but instead rutted paths for around 30 miles, before stopping for lunch. The cycle ride then took the cyclists all along the Saone river, where a number of them made the most of the scenery, having a mid-cycle dip in the river! Luckily the afternoon ride proved a little easier than the morning, and all the cyclists were extremely happy to finally reach the finish line at around 6.00 pm.
Julia and her team mate Jacquie Spragg, a self-employed Guardian, won the award for best new comers and also the most inventive fundraisers! So congratulations to all the cyclists who took part, and in particular to Julia, who still managed to complete the ride despite a fractured shoulder!