A 35-YEAR-OLD project manager is back from Paris with a sore knee after reaching the French capital the hard way
Tony Clark, who works for Cheshire West and Chester Council, cycled the 348 miles to the city from London to raise funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
The trip was equivalent to four round trips from Liverpool to Manchester.
Tony, who cycled with 30 other riders, set off from St Paul’s for the Eiffel Tower with no other long distance experience.
“All went very well indeed,” said Tony, back in Chester.
“ŠI just ended up with a bit of a sore left knee but I can think of far worse places to be sore”.
He added:“The route we followed was fantastic with very few main roads and we got to see some beautiful countryside. That said, I wouldn’t recommend cycling in Paris, particularly when you don’t really know where you’re going.”
Tony started training shortly after Christmas.
He bought a new bike, lost a stone, started cycling in and out of work, 18 miles each way.
He decided to raise money for the charity which carries out research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Tony says thanks to wife Nicola for her support and others including The Bike Factory Chester for a great discount on his bike and Cheshire Oaks Cycles for the discounts on his cycling shoes and technical advice and encouragement.
At the last count his fundraising website, www.justgiving.com/Tony ToParisByBike was up to £820.
People can also back Tony through a sponsor form, cash or cheque.
He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07776 158 938