Author: Chris and Gabs – August 31st, 2018
Cycling for… 45 Days
Pedaling over… 1736km
Through… 4 countries
Currently in… the Netherlands!
Raising so far… £2,617.81
THE GRAND DEPARTURE
After months of grueling training and planning, it was an emotional departure for Chris and Gabs (C&G) as they set off from the Nightingale Centre on 9th July 2019.
Family, friends and supporters gathered to wave C&G goodbye – including ITV Granada News, who took a particular interest in the impressive 110kg of kit that they are carrying between them! Gabs also got the opportunity to say goodbye to her breast surgeon, James Harvey.
The crowd counted down and cheered C&G on as they set off for Buxton to meet their first Mayor.
…they’ve pedalled up and over the hills to Dover and have been greeted by 13 Mayors along the way! They’ve hopped across the channel to venture through France, Belgium and they are currently in the Netherlands nearing the German border!
Even though the tour was hectic at times, cycling over many hills and busy roads not to mention the great hot weather, the ‘Meet the Mayor’ was a great success and has been reported in newspapers all over!
C&G have most definitely raised awareness of breast cancer and ensured that everyone they meet knows our name!
A visit that really stood out to C&G was with the Mayor of Belper, Tim Sutton. Tim had only recently lost his wife to breast cancer, 4 onths prior to their visit, which was why he agreed to meet with C&G.
They felt honored to meet him. Click here to view a video of their experience.
C&G managed to avoid most of the bad weather with only 2 days of rain in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands. However, some very strong head winds set a challenge as they cycled past some classic Dutch dams as shown below!
Most of C&G’s nights are spent wild camping although for some urban locations they source campsites. Below is Gabs embracing the tent life!
CHRIS AND GABS’ SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
Lady at the bus stop
“We stopped at a shop for water just outside Manchester and a lady that was sat at a bus stop across the road came over to talk to us. She had been reading our PBC flag on our bikes and asked what we were doing.
She told us that on the same morning she had found a lump on her breast and had thought nothing of it and was going to leave it. However, after talking with us she made an appointment to see her doctor and has since messaged us to say she has an appointment at a breast clinic!’
THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS…
C&G have found that many of the people they have spoken to have been affected in some way by cancer, therefore they’ve witnessed many teary eyes to say the least…! However, some excellent news is that despite only finishing her treatment a month before setting off, Gabs is managing great and is all going to plan!
“We are heading across to Germany – Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and then to the Black Forest area as Gabs wants to taste the Black Forest gateau.”