2 guys, 180 miles of cycling, 27 hours (17 on
the bike), 5 hours sleep, 1 map, 6 cans of Coke, 18 energy bars, 6 croissants,
2 portions of fish & chips, lots of positive thought, 5 confused Frenchmen. Hugh Edmondson and Chris Drumey from the Coca-Cola Great Britain team share snapshots from their ride to Brussels.
Hugh Edmondson and Chris Drumey from the Coca-Cola Great Britain team share snapshots from their ride to Brussels.
Actors talk about ‘doing it for the looks on their faces’, Chris and I can now claim the same. In our case the ‘performance’ was a 27-hour journey by bike from London to Brussels, and the ‘audience’ were bemused colleagues from Paris, arriving for the same meeting, via the more conventional (some might say sensible) method of the train. There is however, something very satisfying about the reaction which meant we knew we’d done something which was a little special. Even if it meant sitting in the reception of the Brussels office in smelly lycra and nylon!
navigational notes, as many energy bars as we could stuff into bulging pockets,
and good old British pats on the back, we headed east. Amazingly, the weather Gods were with us, and
we had a spectacular run to the coast.
We took in as many landmarks as we could find, making us feel like we
have ridden through a Hollywood set, where all English people live in stately
homes! After a patchy crossing of the Channel
(ferry contents: 40 trucks, 4 cars… 2
bicycles), we gave ourselves a rest in Ostend, and set off again into frosty
Belgium... At 4.30 am. Nerves about cycling in the dark
evaporated. This became the high point
of the journey. Two friends chatting and
joking, making great progress on empty moonlit roads, with a couple of Cokes to
keep the energy up (of course). It was
Watch a snapshot of their adventure in the video below:
By cycling instead of taking the plane, Chris and Hugh each saved 0.01 tonnes of C02 and collectively burned 27,880 calories…