Our contract driver Mick ‘Tudds’ Tuddenham recently undertook the ‘Pedal to Paris’ challenge for the Royal British Legion.
The four day event sets off from London taking participants through the the English and French Countryside covering 284 miles (460km). Once riders reach Calais, rolling road blocks ensure they have a hassle free journey to Paris without having to worry about traffic or red lights. Apart from tnghe Tour de France, this is the only cycling event that the Arc de Triomphe closes for.
After entering the event in February, Tudds began a busy training regime. Working as a truck driver during the week meant that Tudds had to get up at 6am every Saturday and Sunday to cycle. His determination to succeed led him to train in all weathers including rain and snow and persevere even when suffering setbacks including punctures.
By July, Tudds had had stopped smoking and drinking and had lost two stone – sweets and cakes were also safe in the office during Tudds’ training!
Come the weekend of the event Tudds and his companions successfully completed the challenge enjoying a celebratory drink at the end.
If you would like a donation to Tudds’ fundraising page you can do so at www.gofundme.com/royal-british-legion-pedal-to-paris