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Martin Stachini and Tony Owen are raising money for The Stable Family Home Trust

London to Paris Virtual Cycle Challenge

Event dates: 2nd December 2020 – 19th December 2020


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LONDON to PARIS Virtual Cycle Challenge

Christmas is coming and Martin and Tony are back on the road hopefully raising a few bob for SFHT. We were going to do ‘The Twelve Trees of Christmas’ visiting twelve Christmas tree locations in villages, towns and cities around the area. But as a result of the latest Government lockdown we have had to rethink. So here it is!

Between now and Christmas we are going to complete a virtual cycle ride from London to Paris covering around 300 miles. We will be completing a blog and photographs on each ride.

How are we going to do it?

Between now and Christmas day we will complete daily cycle rides around the area as our local exercise, adding up our miles to complete the distance between London and Paris, which is approximately 283 miles. We will need to complete this by the 19th December which is the date of the SFHT Virtual Christmas party!

We are of course looking towards your support in the form of a donation. I always think if my friends and family donate the price of a decent cup of coffee or couple of cups with a mince pie, we can surpass your previous generosity, The monies raised will go towards paying for virtual fitness sessions which is essential for the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities during this prolonged lockdown period for our friends at SFHT.

How you can help

Now the gyms are shut again and our keep-fit programmes have been interrupted due to lockdown why not get your bike out and join in! Do your ride or a few rides and post your mileage on our SFHT Facebook event and we will add your miles to the total which will help get us there sooner.

Maybe by doing a ride and sharing this on your social media, family and friends will help support you by donating. The weather, daylight hours and safety are going to influence what days we ride and where we go. But we will complete the challenge!

Why are we fundraising?

SFHT have put in place extensive measures to safeguard the people they support with learning disabilities from being exposed to the Covid-19 virus: a combination of live-in staff, rigorous checks, temporary closure of day services and government shielding measures to protect everyone from contracting the virus.

As you might imagine with their services still closed, this has had a huge financial impact on the charity. Grants from local community groups, charitable trusts and individual donations have helped enormously towards the sustainability of the charity and we need your help to continue funding, staff care costs, client activities and emergency core costs.

T’is the season of goodwill

Your donation and support with this event will make a difference to the clients at SFHT.

Thank you for your continued support


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Martin Stachini and Tony Owen is fundraising for

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1 week ago

Warm Up - 12th November

Martin says.

So, it begins our virtual London to Paris cycle to raise some funds for our friends at SFHT. Today’s ride 37 miles with a stop off for a video shoot at Boscombe Pier. About another 263 miles to go!

I have come a long way from our summer fundraiser. I have proper gear, good bike, Gucci sunglasses and clip in shoes. The later I am still trying to get used to, I have only fallen off, more fallen over than fall off to be honest four times! This is due to the fact I forget my foot’s clipped in when I come to a stop. I have not seen Tony ever fall off/over however he always says to me “Mate we all fall off” I’d feel better and believe you if you did fall off in front of me Tony!!

Todays ride set off under blue skies, light winds and a bit of sunshine. As the morning went on the clouds built up and the sun disappeared. About 20 minutes from the end the rain started to fall, Tony stopped and produced a rain jacket from his pocket. Looking at me he said. “School boy error mate, you should always bring a jacket with you at this time of the year” Cheers Tony, I could have done with your professional advice about two hours ago. I do not think he’s forgiven yet for sucking him in to another challenge.

Tony says.

No, No. No, not again. I can’t believe I’ve been suckered into this again.

To be fair, he did catch me unaware this time, so chapeau for that!

We’d been out for a leisurely ride and Martin just casually dropped into conversation that Christmas would soon be arriving before we realised it and that usually a that time of year we’d be doing the bikeathon for the SFHT at David Lloyd and what a shame that it wouldn’t be happening this year. I agreed then instantly realised my error….. Martin then proceed to regale me with his idea for riding to12 different Christmas trees to mirror the 12 days of Christmas, along with inviting various ‘guests’ and sampling some Christmas markets on the way.

And so the plan was hatched in late October only for COVID and Lockdown V2 to come along and thwart us again. Christmas markets cancelled and no guarantee of trees up and all we are allowed under the rules is unlimited exercise!

So 12 trees scuppered and hastily a new plan of cycling London to Paris (in a virtual fashion that is) was hatched. Great 300 ish miles in November and December, lovely……..

To be fair, today’s outing was generally dry and pleasant albeit the wind was challenging for most of the route. I’ve never really understood why on rides you seem to spend about 90% of the time into a headwind even when you really shouldn’t be. We did get a bit of rain at the end, but being well prepared with my trusty rain cape that was no issue for me, can’t believe Martin didn’t bring his :) !! So that’s the first chunk done, here’s hoping to at least a couple of dry days over the next few weeks.

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