O2e London to Paris cycle ride complete!

Ieuan Coombes cruising on the French cycle paths en route to Amiens on day 2.

Ieuan Coombes cruising on the French cycle paths en route to Amiens on day 2.

As ever, the annual O2e cycle ride was a resounding success.

This year was the charities biggest turnout to date with 125 cyclists and 25 support crew. The route was fantastic, taking us from Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Ollie and Ieuan attack a climb coming out of Calais en route to Amiens on day 2

Ollie and Ieuan attack a climb coming out of Calais en route to Amiens on day 2

300 miles were completed by an array of abilities which went a long way to underline the O2e ethos and title name – ordinary people doing extraordinary activities.

O2e cyclists in Paris

O2e cyclists reach the Arc de Triomph after cycling 300 miles from Marble Arch, London.

The organisation was absolutely fantastic with bike scanning at each checkpoint, luggage transportation, feed stations, GPS and roadside signage, hotel rooms reserved and return journey arranged. It is simply the most welcoming event for anyone looking to get out of their comfort zones and achieve something out of the ordinary.

Ollie congratulates Ieuan on reaching the Arc De Triomph

Ollie congratulates Ieuan on reaching the Arc De Triomph

We were privileged to be joined by a young man called Ieuan Coombes who has grown up with cerebral palsy but with the support of South Wales based charity, Sparkle Appeal. Sparkle Appeal are on of O2e’s nominated children’s charities so Ieuan was excited to be a part of the O2e group and provide inspiration whilst showing his appreciation for everyone’s efforts too.

He was also joined by his mate, Jamie Roberts, who met us all at the Arc de Triomphe and then joined us the next day for our chartered boat party down the Seine. He donated a pair of boots from the Lions Tour that fetched a staggering four figures in an impromptu live auction on the boat.

Jamie Roberts gave his generous support to O2e and Sparkle charities, welcoming the group to Paris

Ollie and Lions Rugby Superstar, Jamie Roberts, supporter of Sparkle and O2e charities

All in all, another fantastic event organised by one of the founding members of O2e, Kev Tuohy. Source Supplies are only too proud to be affiliated with O2e and welcome all of our contacts to get involved at any level.

A gaggle of O2e cyclists take a well deserved break in a cafe bar just outside Paris

A gaggle of O2e cyclists take a well deserved break in a cafe bar just outside Paris

Inspired to donate? It’s easy, just click here.

Want to get involved? Sign up for the newsletter and receive information on all forthcoming events.

Fancy joining a big party? The O2e Gala Dinner is on 17th November in the City of London. All the Source Supplies crew will be there so email Ollie if you’d like to attend.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. The Name, Email and Comment fields are required