Retford: Cyclist Paul is ready to go from London to Paris by pedal power

Keen Retford cyclist, Paul Austin is taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris.

Wednesday, 28th May 2014, 3:00 pm
Paul Austin is riding from London to Paris in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice

Paul will be setting of from Blackheath in London on the 4th June and will arrive in Paris on the Champs Elysees to finish at the Eiffel Tower on 7th June.

He will be covering over 300 miles and will be part of the London to Paris 2014 event.

Paul who is chairman of Retford & District Wheelers said: “As keen cyclist there is a few “must do’s” in the cycling world that I want to complete.”

“I have completed the journey Lands End to John ‘O Groats and climbed most of the famous mountains used in the Tour de France.”

“So the trip London to Paris was next on my list”.

After getting the opportunity to ride the event he decided to make it a charity ride and will be cycling in aid of the Bassettlaw Hospice.

Starting in London, the 300-mile four-day route will takes Paul and his fellow riders through the Kent countryside as they travel downto catch the ferry from Dover to Calais.

Once on the French side of the water, they will push on, cycling along quiet tree-lined lane and through traditional market towns such as Aras and Compiegne with views of the rolling green hills of northern France,.

Finally, they will roll through Saint-Denis and on into the centre of Paris.

Paul decided to ride the event in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice after the care they gave his wife when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Paul continued “I have very fond memories of visiting the hospice when my wife, who suffered from breast cancer, visited on a weekly basis.”

“She always looked forward to going to the hospice and participating in many of the craft options that were available, which included sewing, knitting and card-making.”

“Sometimes she would simply sit in the conservatory chatting to other visitor”

“On many occasions I would leave work and call in around lunch time to join everyone at the table for a two-course lunch.”

“I know we always seem to be either giving or asking for money for worthy charities either on TV, radio or getting letters in the post.”

“This is a local charity for local people and many of you will have been to the hospice or know someone who have used their facilities.”

If you would like to sponsor Paul, you can contact him on 07973868231, or visit his charity website at