Geneva to Lyon

If you’ve been keeping up with our social posts, you will already know that our Bright Boys have been the cycling from Geneva to Lyon to raise money for the Dallaglio Rugby Works charity.

Andrew Perryman was joined by Chris Cocksedge and Phillip Chandler on the 3-day trip that saw them pedal 284km and climb 4,515m, for more information on the route they took, check out our ‘Geneva to Lyon with the Bright Boys’ blog post.

 

So how did they get on?

Needless to say, the ride was challenging, doing that many kilometres and constantly going up and down mountains for hours on end is going to take its strain on even the best cyclists. But we’re so proud to say that Andrew, Chris and Philip all completed the cycle, without getting off their bikes (apart from when they stopped for food, beers and sleep).

Philip was in group 3, the fastest group, he tended to set the pace and led that group, as challenging as this ride was, it seemed as if it was a normal ride for Philip. It makes us very proud here at Bright that despite a number of strong cyclists on the ride, Philip was an inspiration and was consistently at the front, setting the pace.

Andrew was in group 2, he trained extremely hard for this and was strong from the start until the finish, so much so that on day 3, with the toughest climb in the morning, he set off around 30 minutes later than most riders (he is late for most things) but still managed to catch everyone else up at the top of the climb.

Chris had relatively little cycling experience but was one of the strongest riders in group 1. He kept most of the group entertained, even though he did cause a slight pile up when his leg cramped on the second day. During some of the toughest times, Chris’ true fitness came through.

Stopping for lunch!

Videos

If you want to see more about the route the boys took, click on the links below:

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3

The Charity Ball

To help raise money for the Dallaglio Rugby Works, Andrew Perryman hosted a Charity Event at the start of September. The event featured live music and good food, as well an auction, a raffle and a Lawrence Dallaglio based game of Heads or Tails.

There were a number of prizes up for grabs at the auction, including tickets for the Jonathan Ross show (won by Jon & Jo Orchard), tickets to see Top Gear (won by our very own Chris Cocksedge), a signed England Shirt (won by Neil Howard) and much more!

A huge thank you to anyone who donated any prizes to go into the raffle or the auction, it is greatly appreciated.

Special Thanks

A special thanks go to the Dallaglio Rugby Works and the sponsors, Intrinsic and Lifetime, without you it would not have been possible.

Another huge thanks go to Basecamp, who provide the whole experience, including providing the bikes and tour guides and much much more, again the ride could not have happened without them.

 

Lawrence Dallaglio finishing the epic ride!

Not too late to sponsor them!

Overall there were around 35 riders on the trip and between them managed to raise a very impressive £66,000. If you want to sponsor them but didn’t get round to doing it before the event, it’s not too late! The link to their Just Giving page is here