From London to Paris: Rachel to ride 300 miles for disability sport in Lincolnshire

By Zoe Conville on May 3rd, 2016 - comments

Active Lincolnshire’s very own Community Client Manager, Rachel Belcher, will cycle from London to Paris next month to raise funds for disability sport in Lincolnshire.

Rachel is one of 15 employees from England’s County Sports Partnership (CSP) Network that will raise funds to improve the lives of disabled people by helping them to get involved in sport and physical activity. The funds raised will be used to activate specific English Federation of Disability Sport projects aimed at engaging disabled people in sport and physical activity in Lincolnshire.

Charlie Crane, Partnership Manager at the CSP Network, said: “We are really excited to be organising this ride for our colleagues as the funding will make a real difference to helping disabled people of all ages access new sporting opportunities. We are extremely proud of the riders who have signed up across the country and we look forward to supporting them in the lead up to this exciting adventure.”

Rachel and the team will begin their 300-mile cycle ride on Thursday June 2 at Crystal Palace, and finish three days later at the Eiffel Tower. They will cycle through English villages to Calais, the rural French countryside and along the River Somme, before the big push into Paris on Sunday  June 5.

Rachel said: “I’m very excited to be taking part in the challenge on behalf of Active Lincolnshire. Training is currently going well and I’m looking forward to increasing the miles over the coming weeks.”

In preparation for her charity cycle ride, Rachel has been following a 16 week training plan which involves spin classes as well as evening and weekend bike rides.

She added: “Three solid days on a bike will be challenging but worth it. The money raised will go towards providing more opportunities for people of all ages with a disability to take part in sport and physical activity.”

As part of the fundraising efforts, Olympic Silver Medalist Bryan Steel, has kindly donated a masterclass which is currently up for auction. Bryan will share his knowledge and skills of riding at the world’s highest level for 17 years at a masterclass with ten people, to help them become a more effective, efficient, safe and confident rider.

To bid to win a place in Bryan’s masterclass visit the silent auction page here. The auction closes on Monday May 16.

A ‘Do It For Charity’ page has also been set up to support Rachel’s challenge. With 30 days until the ride, she has raised a huge £1256.16 – just over £100 shy of her target, £1370.  You can find Rachel’s page and all the details on how to sponsor her here.

Active Lincolnshire will be following Rachel’s progress on the website and on our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Like and follow us so you don’t miss out!