Thanks for checking out this adventure and for your support. Film to follow soon!
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.
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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.
YES, this CAN be done on a Boris bike!
"Guys. It spans 4 landranger OS maps. That's a long way..." Pog Pattison
Click HERE for a Google Earth fly-through of stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France from Leeds to Harrogate
Click HERE to see the official Yorkshire Grand Depart website for the 2014 Tour de France and a big map of stage 1
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Photos from the ride are below. We'd done no training and no recces, hence the slim pickings to begin with.
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