We thought it might just be possible to haul a 50lb Boris bike a daunting 190km around stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, over hill and dale, and get it back to London in 24 hours with every donation adding fire to our bellies.
It turns out that endless 17% gradients combined with 204km of riding (not the advertised 190km!) while on a 50lb bike with three gears is rather tough - but not impossible.
If only they hadn't closed the M1 on the way back we'd have done it in the allotted 24 hours and not been 40 minutes late... Thankfully the good people at Barclays bike hire who run the Boris bikes waived the £450 of fines.
Like it? Every text of "HARD65 £3" to 70070 donates £3 to Macmillan Cancer Support and massively makes this worthwhile. To donate more or less just change the number.
Thank you from the team - Andy Sloan, Dave Barker, Lewis Baguley, Pog Pattison and Dave Parkes
Special THANK YOUS to Brian Becker for his time and patience editing the film from our amateur footage, to Alan Walker for being incredibly generous letting five guys he'd never met abscond with his van and to Mark Ansell and Louise Martin from BBC Radio.
The phenomenal care provided by the nurses and staff at Macmillan Cancer Support helped both families a great deal during those long weeks and we want to raise as much money as possible to help them support others.
Be it a phonecall, a visit, a wheelchair; each and every additional intervention is a godsend to the family and friends trying to cope with the physical traumas of round-the-clock care as well as the emotional shock of the situation.
The ride is also in support of Ruth Hayllar, mum of three, who survived bowel cancer in 2011 before being diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer again in October 2013. Please read her blog, The Pooh Stick Queen, and help raise awareness for bowel cancer. Ruth's long, brave fight ended in June 2014 and she is now at peace.
You can DONATE via Justgiving.com or by texting "HARD65" plus the amount you want to donate, e.g. "HARD65 £3" to 70070. To donate more or less just change the number. Every pound helps make a difference.
Thank you for reading.
Andy, Dave B, Lewis, Pog and Dave P