Team Exiles leave Verbier
13th July 2010 | Freddie, Verbier
Forget about the Tour de France the real men are riding from Verbier to John O’Groats. A couple of friends of PlanetSKI set off this week and our reporter in the Swiss resort, Freddie, was there to wave them off.
A huge thunder clapping storm blew in and echoed round the mountains.
I awoke in fear that the world would still be under a soggy spell but I was relieved to find the sky grey with the sun peeking through because today was the beginning of a landmark adventure for two aspiring cyclists from Verbier.
Natt Moore and Phil Field set off from Verbier on their long awaited dream cycle ride to John O’Groats in Scotland.
After a few months planning and a sponsorship deal from Maxifuel they packed their small rucksacks and set off from Place Centrale at 9 O’clock.
All they were carrying in their bags was one pair of shorts, a T-shirt, a pair of sandals, some energy bars and lots of energy drink.
The atmosphere was charged with emotion.
I could tell they were excited if not a tiny bit nervous and of course choked up by the fabulous send off from their friends!
Richard and Heather Knowles made a fantastic banner and we all cheered as they tightened their rucksacks, put smiles on their faces and pedalled off into the distance.
After waving goodbye to Switzerland, their first stop will be at least 100 miles down the road near a town in France called Pontarlier.
After Pontarlier they will cycle around 100 miles per day up through France stopping near the following towns; Langres, Troyes (where they will take their first rest day), Soisson, Béthune and then up to Dunkirk.
Having finally reached Dunkirk they will I’m sure be exhausted and welcome the chance to relax on a ferry!
Once the ferry hits the shores of England, they will take a train to Penzance, cycle to Lands End and then begin their winding way up towards John O’Groats.
The aim of their ride is to set themselves a challenge and to raise money for Lance Armstrong’s charity, Livestrong.
Those of us who are left behind sporting our Livestrong yellow armbands, are waiting for news of their progress via Facebook.
They have promised to post daily on the Team Exiles group.
We don’t doubt that they will make John O’Groats eventually, but how many punctures will they receive along the way?