• History

    Le Jour de France started in 2011, since when we’ve taken on some hefty Home and slightly whimsical one-day (or thereabouts) challenges. In the five years we’ve ridden, we’ve raised over £21,000 cheap jordans online for a variety of causes. With apologies for a handful of features that have fallen by the wayside as a result of third party changes such as withdrawal of mapping services, here’s a look back at our efforts.

    2011: De la Tour à la Tour


    Our first event was London to Paris in 24 hours. We took the Dieppe route, adding in a detour along the Seine to bring the total distance up to 340km (210 miles). We made it with half an hour to spare and raised £6,683 (plus GiftAid) for the Brain and Spine Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK, Together For Short Lives, Spinal Research and RNIB.

    Links: website (maps and totalizer now defunct), fundraising page and Flickr pool.

    2012: Paris-Brest


    A half-size version of the legendary Paris-Brest-Paris race, our ride was still a monster at 590km (365 miles). It took us a little over 36 hours to complete, Fake Ray Bans and remains the longest Le Jour de France ride so far. We raised £1,630 (plus GiftAid) for Sport Relief.

    Links: website (maps now defunct), fundraising page and Flickr pool.

    2013: L’Hermine de Bretagne


    Our first “circular” ride, which actually comprised four circular sections. Setting out from St Malo, we rode for 500km (310 miles) tracing an ermine symbol, as found on the flag of Bretagne. We raised £2,868 (plus GiftAid) for St Mungo’s Broadway and Mind.

    Links: cheap nfl jerseys website, fundraising page, fundraising page and Flickr pool.

    2014: Jumelage


    A shorter route than normal, but we filled the 24 hours with two ferry crossings, meaning that this circular route between the twinned towns of Petersfield and Barentin Ray Ban Outlet was still a challenge. We raised £4,790 (plus GiftAid) for PID UK, Mind and Together For Short Lives.

    Links: website, fundraising page and Flickr pool.

    2015: Le Géant

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    In a break from tradition, we chased altitude instead of distance by climbing Mont Ventoux as many times as possible and bagging awards from the Club des Cinglés de Mont Ventoux in the process. Seven of us were grilled under the Provençal sun as we chewed on one of cycling’s most notorious challenges. We raised £5,283 for Amnesty UK.

    Links: website, fundraising page and Flickr pool.

  • The Event

    For our fifth year we’ve picked a special challenge, of a slightly different nature to previous years. This year, we will each attempt to ascend Mont Ventoux as many Ray Ban Sunglasses times as possible in a single day.

    We’ve also picked a great cause: the work of Amnesty is ever more needed around the world and at home.

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    Photo by will_cyclist on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

    The mountain

    Standing alone at the edge of the Provençal plains, Mont Ventoux is infamous in cycling circles. Although far from the highest ascent to have featured in the Tour de France, its reputation is second to none.

    Unlike most climbs, which are cols—passes between peaks—the ascent of Ventoux serves no purpose other than to reach the summit. And what a summit. Bereft of greenery and home to little more than its iconic but disused weather station, its moonlike landscape is blasted by sun and air alike, with wind speeds of over 300km/h recorded. Even a benign day on Ventoux sees dramatic differences in conditions between the foot and the summit.

    The madness

    Climbing Ventoux once is tough. Doing it three times in one day—once by each of the roads that cheap MLB Jerseys ascend the mountain—is a little mad, which is why the Club des Cinglés de Mont cheap Oakleys sunglasses Ventoux will officially accept you as a cinglé (madman) if you manage it. For those who wish to progress beyond madness, there are further awards for adding either the unpaved route forestière or a second helping of the three road routes.

    Our group has a mix of award Cheap Jerseys ambitions, der from the three-climb cinglé to the six-climb bicinglette, but—unlike most who attempt these follies—if and when the award is in the bag, we’ll keep climbing until the day is done.

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