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!

Friday, 24 April 2015

It's 2015 already - Time for a new adventure!

Having hit the milestone age of 55 I really feel that it's time for a new adventure. I checked with the other Picos Riders.
Luke said, "Get lost, I'm never getting on a bike again!". Chris was a little less abusive, "I'd love to do it Dad but I only have 4 weeks of holidays this year and would rather not spend them with you".
Des was a bit kinder,"Sorry, I think it's too far - I've done my time."
I needed an ambitious target and the only destination that sprung to mind was Rome - after all, all roads lead there right?

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