Video: Boris Bikes v Le Tour de France stage 1
Live the pain & the triumph as three daft blokes ride 204km in the Dales on 50lb bikes
One of the more endearingly daft things anyone’s done in the run up to the Tour de France’s visit to the UK has to be the attempt by Dave Barker, Dave Parkes and Andy Sloan to ride the route of stage one on Boris bikes and get them from London and back in under 24 hours.
Roadworks on the M1 scuppered their plans to get back to London in time to avoid a fine for keeping the Boris bikes for more than a day. They called the Barclays Cycle Hire operators, explained they were raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support and begged a bit and were excused the fine.
They’ve now recovered enough to edit together the video footage of the challenge — or rather, to persuade their mate Brian Becker to edit it. Grab a coffee and a biscuit and settle down as the trio and their helpers tell their story of over 200km around the Yorkshire Dales on a Boris Bike.
So far, the guys have raised just shy of their £3,000 target for MacMillan. You can pitch in via their Just Giving page.