Funds raised: £42,000
Number of riders: 171
There was a lot of ‘special features’ in this our 11th Ride. This started with a ‘Welcome Reception in Paris’ sponsored by Robin Sutherland. On the way from Rouen to Caen we visited Jumieges. The village is home to a famous abbey which once owned Hayling Island. Here the Mayor greeted us and there was a ceremonial signing of the ‘Livre d’Or’ and the presentation to each cyclist of a rather nice bag of cherries.
As we arrived at the Cafe Gondre at Pegasus Bridge we greeted by an accordion player arranged by Madam Gondree and the musical theme continued the following day when Ron Sonnets jazz band mounted on a lorry accompanied us on a ride back to our finish on Hayling.