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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Blackpool to Eiffel Tower bike success for Cumbria charity team

COMPETITORS in the upcoming Tour de France will set off on their epic race towards the Champs Elysee from North Yorkshire this weekend.

Paul Liddell of Lakelovers with the Tower to Tower cyclists Left to right: Dave Banks, Christine Nelson, John Orr, Paul Liddell. Paul Latham and Bill Nolan. MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50060454B000

But a team of dedicated South Lakeland cyclists have already reached Paris using pedal power alone in a bid to raise money for two local charities.

The ten-strong south Cumbrian peloton of serving and former police officers as well as Windermere businessman Paul Liddell completed their 600 mile challenge on Saturday.

The six day journey, which took them from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower, has raised in excess of £10,000.

Paul Liddell, who runs Lakelovers in Windermere, explained the challenge had been harder than anyone had realised.

“It was great fun, of course,” he said.

“But it was also harder than any of us thought and we really couldn’t have managed it without help from our support crew who drove ahead of us with bags, spare parts and were on hand to help us move the bikes every evening.

“On the final stretch, we rode down the Champs Elysee on adrenalin regardless of how wet the cobbles were and how much traffic there was around us.”

The money is now set to be split between the North West Air Ambulance and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary Special Care Baby Unit.

But although months of training in preparation for the event has come to an end, the group is set to make a final 100 mile ride to watch the professionals cycle through the Buttertubs Pass in North Yorkshire this weekend.

Mr Liddell added: “We are obviously quite sore after the 600 miles but we are hoping to ride to North Yorkshire on Saturday to watch the first stage of the 101st Tour de France.

“We are also extremely proud that we not only completed the challenge but more importantly managed to raise such a large amount of money for two very worthy charities, and grateful to everyone who helped and supported us along the way.”

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Thank you to Caroline and all at the north west evening mail for your wonderful support, we have loved every minute of our team effort and are still delighted to be receiving support for the two very worthy charities so please take a look at our Facebook page giving you access to just giving opportunity, hugest of thanks from the entire south lakes police tower 2 tower 2014 team

Posted by Paul liddell on 3 July 2014 at 10:04

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