Extra Mile Challenge Completed!
This year nine intrepid Ashe cyclists entered the Extra Mile 2017 Brittany Cycle Challenge!
The event sees teams of 4 cycle over 500 miles across 3 days throughout continental Europe with the aim of raising as much money as possible for local charities in the areas in which we operate. This year’s route saw teams cycling through Brittany in France. Starting the weekend in Chartres, we cycled to Rennes, where we spent the second day cycling a loop around the local forests and undulating countryside, with the final day spent cycling along three of the Normandy D-Day landing beaches; Omaha, Sword and finishing the event at Juno Beach. With extraordinary coastal scenery, some sobering commemorations to the fallen of that fateful day in May 1944, and a total of over 26,000ft of gruelling climbs, this year’s cycle was certainly one to remember.
Ashe entered nine riders into this year’s event across 3 different teams. The 2 Ashe teams consisted of cyclists who have completed previous Extra Mile Challenges and one cyclist who was new to the event. Our returning challengers were: Andy Morris, Dan Armes, Matt Brandon, Richard Clay, Justin Howard, Neil McDonnell, Rob Slack, and Andy Wright. Ashe’s new challenger was Nigel Keep joining the team from our Hitchin office.
Whilst the event was an enjoyable long weekend of cycling, the main goal of the challenge was to raise money for 4 excellent causes; Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, North Herts Sanctuary and Bloodwise (Lutterworth).
Although we have beaten our targeted figure our fundraising page is still open and donations can be made.
The Extra Mile Challenge hold an annual cycle challenge, every September, with the plans already in place for next year’s event. Having stayed in northern France for the 2017 challenge, the 2018 event sees teams travel to central France for the Auvergne Challenge. Full details of next year’s challenge can be found here. Why not join us as many of our partners have already done!