Arch to Arc Update

It’s been a while since I wrote about progress to date, however things have been moving along a pace and the June date is starting to get ever closer.  Time to begin thinking about oiling your pedals and getting out there to start training!

The numbers in the event have been pretty much nailed down and we expect to see 14 of us on the start line at Marble Arch. With over 60% of the £20,000 target already reached this is an outstanding achievement by everybody, lets keep the pressure on and see if we can exceed this figure and make a real difference to Kidney Cancer patients around the UK.

Having recently left my current employer I have a little time on my hands over the next couple of weeks to focus on some of the logistics, it’s been a long time coming, I’d hoped to be free from work in November last year, but with one thing and another it’s taken until now to sort things out.

To kick start my own training I’ve just completed a 90k Cross Country Ski Marathon in Sweden, possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted, but great fun non the less.  So now it’s full steam ahead with the cycling.  Next week (or the week after) I’ll be cycling the proposed route from London to Paris to make sure there aren’t too many SNAFU’s along the way and that we dont end up on any dual carriageways (Hugh).  I haven’t really planned it as such, I’ll just pick a nice clear morning sometime and wing it.  Ruck Sack, Passport, Vaseline, Money, Camera, Phone, Spare set of clothes (and a bit of washing powder) and of course a few spare inner tubes.

The folks at the fund have selected a few hotels, so I’ll be giving those a go, making sure they can take a heard of cyclists (or whatever the collective noun is).  A well stocked wine cellar is a must and it would be rude not to sample a few of those and report back.

So I guess I’ll blog as I go and give a day by day account on progress.

By now you should also have all received your entry froms.  Please please can I urge all of you to fill these in ASAP and get them back to the Fund.  We need them back in so we can arrange the final bits and bobs around travel.  If anyone has any questions then feel free to call me and I’ll do my best to answer.

If anyone has any suggestions with regard to the route then now’s the time to get your oar in.  The fund is doing it’s best to find a day where we can all meet up prior to the event as well as a “get to know each other” thing.  We also have a nice new shirt design especially for the event, so we should all look like Tour de France pros (even if we dont feel like it).

If anyone is interested in getting involved in any other cycle events as part of their training then I can recommend the Winchester to Wantage ride.  I’m doing this with a couple of the other Arch to Arc’ers.  I’ve also entered the London to Brighton. There both in the region of 50miles each so a perfect day out for training.  These may also be great opportunities for fundraising.

Anyway, more soon!

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Posted under Andy Thomas, Arch To Arc 2010

4 Comments so far

  1. Hugh Scott March 13, 2010 5:43 am

    OK – so just to be clear, this wasn’t just a dual carraigeway Andy, this was the A3(M). That’s M for Motorway.:)

    Everyone should make sure they bring plenty of euro coins for the peage when we get to France -)

  2. AndyThomas March 13, 2010 6:51 am

    It was just a county lane :)

  3. Hugh March 14, 2010 10:53 pm

    Starting to sound like the knight in Holy Grail. “It’s only a flesh wound”.

  4. AndyThomas March 15, 2010 5:37 pm


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