Taylor-made cycling triumph

Thu 26 March 2015, 1:20 pm

Ealing Councilís assistant director of regeneration and planning policy, Lucy Taylor, has achieved her ambition of cycling over 100 miles a day for the Cycle to Cannes charity challenge this month (March).

Lucy Taylor (far right) with the women who led the peloton on the third day of the challenge

It was the first time Taylor had taken part in the ride, which sees cyclists embark on a 932-mile trip from London to Cannes to join the global property fair, MIPIM, in the south of France.

Taylor rode as part of the Sitematch London team, named after the 3Fox International-organised property event at The Shard, which consisted of 14 riders. Team Sitematch London was one of seven teams, comprising 104 riders, who cycled to raise tens of thousands of pounds for children's charity Coram.   

It was the tenth Cycle to Cannes challenge, and the first time Taylor has taken part.

She said: “I have watched the cyclists ride into Cannes for the past five years and decided to challenge myself to take part in the ride. 

“The toughest moments were the 4.30am alarm calls and riding in the dark with freezing cold feet and hands!

“A particular highlight was cycling at the front of the peloton with my fellow lady cyclists accompanied by “Moustache” – the motorcycle outrider, playing Queen’s We are the Champions! 

“I’m thrilled to have completed my goal of 100 miles a day and to have completely smashed my own record of longest distance cycled – by completing 135 miles in one day.” 

And does Taylor plan to attempt to repeat the feat in 2016? “No way,” she said. “But I’m told many have said that before.”

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