Cycle from France to raise money and celebrate twinning

Release Date: 26/01/2017

Keen cyclists and fundraisers are invited to take part in a charity cycle ride from Fountainbleau to Twickenham this autumn, to celebrate 40 years of Twinning between the two towns.

The 263 mile route lasts five days and four nights, from 13-17th September. It passes through small villages and medieval market towns in Northern France on a mix of quiet roads and traffic-free lanes.

After crossing the Channel at Dieppe, riders are transferred to Brighton to then pedal the last hilly miles north to Richmond where they will be welcomed by the Mayor, while their families and friends enjoy a French market and local entertainment.

Funds raised by this event go to local charity StreetInvest, which is dedicated to improving the lives of street children around the world. There are 40 places available for the ride, which is open to residents of Richmond upon Thames, guests from neighbouring boroughs and beyond, Places are still available.

Cllr Jean Loveland, Richmond Council’s cycling champion, is taking part in the event. She said:

“This is a great opportunity to raise money, be healthy and enjoy the beauty of France and Richmond. With our cycle-friendly parks, scenic routes running alongside the river and ever improving leisure and commuter cycling experience, it is fitting that we should be celebrating our 40th Twinning Anniversary with a truly unique cycle ride while supporting one of our local charities.”

Duncan Ross, Chief Executive of StreetInvest who co-founded the charity seven years ago, said:

"Our vision is for every street child to have a trustworthy adult in their lives and to be listened to and valued by their communities.

“Street children are among the most neglected and abused groups in society. Yet they are also among the most resilient, resourceful and responsive. Trustworthy adults - street workers - build strong and trusting relationships which help the children to be safer on the streets, foster a sense of belonging and support them to access their rights. Together they develop and grow to overcome challenges that the children face and help them to live positive lives. Just as we would wish for our own children.”

For more information, visit Ride 40 Anniversary.

Updated: 26 January 2017