Think this is easy? Darren McDonnell, Dave Blow and Anthony Foy ride “The Way” for charity.

It is after all just riding in a straight line right? As long as you keep the pedals turning for 10 hours a day then all will be fine…..

I’ve been following the adventures of a group of lads from Christchurch, Dorset, UK. they are cycling the Camino Frances as I type. They have allowed 8 days to cycle from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela and have called their journey “The Way Ride 2012”.

Please follow their link and take a look . These lads have in the first few days had almost everything thrown at them. So far they have had to cycle 50km from the airport to the start point (a problem with the trains) then suffered a crash when two of their bikes made contact on a decent, only to ride through enough mud to snap two rear mechs and a day off the trail sourcing parts for the bikes!

No! thats not all. they get locked out of their digs by missing the curfew and have to wait for the morning when they open up to retreive their kit and carry on. Wait…… Today saw them cycling up a mountain in deep snow…..

You couldnt stick a better storyline in a film…..

Anyway please follow them. Here’s some links: (scroll down, the banner can sometimes take up the whole page) (Facebook!)

Most importantly their JustGiving page:

They are riding in aid of Macmillan Cancer support. A very worthy charity and the ride is in dedication of Mr Roger Mills, Daren McDonnell’s (one of the riders) late grandfather.


The lads finished the ride and even went on to the coast at Finesterre and back! well done those lads. £1,734.20 raised last time I looked.

It also looks like I’ll have to revise the distances for our ride upwards as they did 840km up to Santiago……. Monsters!

This blog: Tony Hemans and Glen Eccles will be cycling the Camino Frances from St jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela covering 800km in 6 days in October 2012. Tony hopes to raise a little for charity along the way as he prepares for the journey. His charities are; SANDS – Stillbirth and neonatal death charity, website: and; CLIC sargent – for children with cancer, website: I’m not just bothering people for charity either so if you are trying to get fit, planning an adventure, long distance cyclist or just curious about my mid-life crisis then subscribe and share!

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