Cancer Support France Canal du Midi ride report

Published by Lyn on 23 June 2015

Back in March, we previewed an awareness and fundraising ride along the Canal du Midi for Cancer Support France. Here are some pics and a report from the June 7-11 ride.

cancer support france bike ride

All pics thanks to Cancer Support France
The event, organised to raise awareness of work done to support English speakers living in France who are affected by cancer, attracted 61 cyclists over the five-day period. Nationalities included French, Australian, Swiss and South African.

cancer support france bike ride

Riders were farewelled in Toulouse by Marie-Hélène Mayeux-Bouchard, the Adjoint au Marie de Toulouse. They tackled the locks, paths and a few road sections en route, with Tony Ray, the treasurer of Cancer Support France Gascony, acting as ride leader.

The organisers of the bike ride, CSF Gascony, led by their President Jayne Ray, say they are with the success of the event and there is already talk of making the ride an annual event (maybe even starting in Bordeaux next year).

cancer support france bike ride

The ride has boosted awareness of the charity and also raised a considerable sum to help people affected by cancer, their families and carers.

cancer support france bike ride
Day 1 was from Toulouse to Avignonet-Lauregais; day 2 was from Avignonet-Lauregais to Carcassonne; day 3 was Carcassonne to Homps; day 4 was Homps to Beziers, and the final day was Beziers to Marseillan-Plage.

cancer support france bike ride

Over 20 riders completed the full 5 days (240 km) with others participating for anything from one to four stages.

cancer support france bike ride

For more pictures of the ride, see the ride Facebook page

See here for more on riding for charity, including fundraising tips and other advice

 

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