Teammates Dan Griffin and Fergal McNamara cycled from London to Paris last week to raise money for the Matt Hampson Foundation.
The 300-mile cycle ride was a gruelling endurance test but the pair managed to raise over £2300 for the Matt Hampson Foundation in the process.
Dan and Fergal both play for the Stamford Rugby club first team and decided to raise money for the Foundation after hearing the story of Beneficiary Seb Goold, a member of Stamford Rugby Club, and the support he was given by the charity.
Speaking about the challenge of long distance cycling, Dan said “I think we both underestimated three things about road cycling, we are both rugby fit but that is 80 minutes of work then you get to go to the bar. The amount of time it takes to put in the training, the need of padded shorts but above all how hard it is to unclip your feet from the pedals without going down with it at every set of traffic lights that you come up to. There is something about the moment that you realise you are going down, it is either the eye contact and laughter of the drivers on the other side of the lights or the fact that the only thing you can do is say ‘not again’ and brace for impact.”
The four day challenge started on the 13th where the pair headed from Crystal Palace to Calais. Followed by Calais to Abbeville to Beauvais over the next two days. On the fourth day the novice cyclists finished their final 60 miles from Beauvais to Paris.
You can still donate to their page here and help support both the Matt Hampson Foundation and Seb Goold