Picos Original Riders

Picos Original Riders
Highlights of 2010

Last of the Picos Riders - to Rome Alone!

Our first two charity rides were a huge success - raising over £20,000 for the South East Cancer Help Centre.

The Centre does a fantastic job of supporting patients and carers at the most difficult times of their lives. They make a real difference and you could help them in their work by contributing to our fundraising. Donations can be made via JustGiving.comhttps://www.justgiving.com/Tom-Vaz/ or directly into the Centre. For more details of the Centre and their work see their website at http://www.sechc.org.uk/

After 3 years of rest it seemed time to dust off the old muscles, bones and sinews and do one more spectacular ride in aid of this fabulous charity.

This time I will travel alone for 25 days, mainly following the ancient pilgrimage route to Rome, the Via Francigene, covering a distance of around 1,400 miles.

The route travels through Newhaven - Dieppe - Paris before I eventually reach the Via Francigene in Eastern France. From then on it is pretty simple apart from having to cross the Alps without an elephant!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Off we go again!!!

Des has another ambition (for a 72 year old guy he has a lot of these). To revisit Santiago de Compostela on his trusty bike. When he says 'trusty' I usually think to myself that the 't' is silent.

A change of personnel is called for after a brief meeting with Luke.
Me: "Would you like to go to Compostela?"
Luke: "No!"
Me: "Why not?"
Luke: "Just two reasons. I hate cycling and I hated spending two weeks with you old people."

Oh well, my charms still work on Christopher, now a student doctor. He has agreed to put down his stethoscope and spend three weeks with us so YES we have a team!!

1 comment:

  1. Tom, congrats on having a son who still enjoys hanging around you...!! I don't blame Luke at all; in fact he has my heartfelt sympathy for having to put up with you 24/7!!!! Good luck Chris & Des - I am sure you can do it!! Good luck to you too Tom - stay calm and I'm sure the rest will just happen.......!!! - Nina