Robbies Windsor to Bordeaux Challenge

Thank you for your hard work and commitment, raising money for the charity in such testing conditions

Robbie Cleave and his Windsor to Bordeaux in his own words..

Dear All,

Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to all of you in helping me raise a huge amount of money for Shipston Home Nursing. We managed to achieve my target of £1000!

Next I would just like to inform you that I did manage to finish the bike ride in Bordeaux, and except for a short ferry across the pond I cycled the whole way! We managed to complete the journey in 7 days. One night we cycled until 03:00am to get to our campsite only to find it closed.

The trip started off badly, with 2 flat tyres, a pannier rack coming off and some brakes crippling a tyre, but fortunately my bike was fine and I continued at a fast pace, much to the dismay of my partner. As we reached the supposedly sunny France we encountered rain and showers and no sun at all, this continued for 5 days. We were meant to start cycling at 8 o’clock every morning but these plans were aborted when we found ourselves in surrounded by large puddles every morning. This meant we never arrived at our campsite before 9 o’clock in the evening, which meant no dinner and having to put our tent up in the dark on wet ground.

Luckily as we reached the coast the weather cleared up nicely for around 3 hours before the after math of the hurricane hit! Bringing even worse weather than before, still we soldiered on and managed to do 170 miles in the last two days as we just wanted to go home by then.

We finished off with a night in Cap Ferret, and thought we deserved a pint or two! We arrived at Bordeaux broken men, and agreed never to set foot on a bicycle again.

Thank you again for all of your generous donations.




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