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Day Two of the halow250 charity bike ride

Rose Connolley
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    The halow250 cyclists arrived in France having completed 86 miles but with the promise of a tough and long journey ahead of them. Their mission for the day was to complete a total of 117 miles as they cycled from St Malo to Caen, the capital of the Basse-Normandie region.

    Day 2’s journey across Northern France began with sunshine, along a beautiful coastline and through picturesque towns. The riders stopped at Mont Saint-Michel at 30 miles. The island commune in Normandy provided not only a beautiful back drop but also motivation to keep going.

    Facing some tough climbs our determined cyclists kept up the team spirit to get to Gathemo for lunch. Gathemo was the 60 mile marker and riders had time for a rest and a French baguette before setting off for the 3rd leg of the day.

    90 miles in the cyclists were hard at work, arriving in Aunay-Sur-Odon to a very supportive cheering station and a welcome break after completing the tough majority of their journey. Riders were pleased to eat cakes, flapjacks and savoury bakes- baked by halow supporters- to help bring their energy levels up.

    Soon enough they were off again, passing the Pegasus Bridge on their last few miles to the port, the cyclists congregated at Bar Mariana in the Marina. The team enjoyed a well-earned drink and dinner, checking into the ferry at around 9.30pm. The ferry left at 11pm and began its journey to Portsmouth, where the cyclists were able to catch up on well-earned rest before the final day of the halow250.

    Well done everyone on an amazing effort through a very long and hard day! Thank you to all who have been following and sharing the event updates on social media. Please keep sharing and donating to help us support young people with learning disabilities. Help the cyclists and our Patron Damon Hill OBE to reach their total on our campaign page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/halow2502016

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