Stuart Mason Elliott, chairman of independent builders merchant Elliotts, is taking part in a celebratory charity bike ride to Avignon to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
He is the only British member of a team of seven cyclists who will ride original Velocipedes cycles from Paris to Avignon to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first-ever long distance bike ride.
In 1865 the Olivier brothers, who were young engineers working with Pierre Michaux in Paris making the first Velocipedes, decided to show the world their wonderful machines by riding them home from Paris to Avignon riding 500 miles (800 kms). This was very much the start of all cycling
Mason-Elliott says: “We are riding the same route as those pioneers. While they were young and fit and achieved the trip in 10 days, we will need 14 days of hard riding on machines weighing more than 35kgs. Any climb will be a challenge but the velocity will need controlling on the downhills!
“There are 7 participants, 3 French, one American, one Canadian, one Japanese and myself representing England, all riding original Velocipedes. We start on 8th August from the site of the original Michaux factory in the Rue Jean Goujon, heading to Fontainebleau for our first etape of 65km. 14 etapes later we hope to arrive in Avignon on 23rd August.”
Through Challenge Adventure Charities, Mason-Elliott is raising sponsorship for Cancer Research UK to support their efforts to find a cure for this terrible disease. Personal and business donations can be made easily through his Just Giving website:
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