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Cyclists make their way to the start line for the ride to Paris

Cyclists make their way to the start line for the ride to Paris

Team to cover more than 300 miles in three days to help LPT

The wheels are now firmly in motion for The Little Princess Trust’s brave team of cyclists heading to France for a truly memorable challenge.

A total of 37 LPT riders have put in months of training on the country’s roads to prepare for the London-Paris by Tour de France 2022.

The three-day trip sees cyclists leave Kingston Upon Thames tomorrow before covering more than 300 miles to arrive in the French capital on Saturday.

Phil Brace and Wendy Tarplee-Morris are cycling from London to Paris for The Little Princess Trust.

The Little Princess Trust team is made up of serious and social cyclists who will all be wearing the famous LPT purple colours to raise the profile of our work.

Each rider is also raising funds and it is hoped that thousands of pounds will come from the ride to support our free wig provision service and our funding of childhood cancer research.

Little Princess Trust riders and supporters met up at The Yard in Hereford this morning before making their way to Hampton Court in London. They will begin their three-day ride to Paris at 5am tomorrow.

Phil Brace, Chief Executive of The Little Princess Trust, is one of those eagerly looking forward to getting in the saddle for Team LPT.

He said the event is a truly unique cycling experience and the nearest anyone can feel to be treated like a pro for three days with fantastic support both on and off the bike.

Phil admitted the challenge to cycle the distance in the summer sun was a tough one but believes that the camaraderie among the riders and the reason for the ride will push them on towards the finish line below the Champs-Elysees.

Many of those taking part have a personal reason to ride, having seen a family member experience cancer.

Piers Collins is one such rider. His daughter Teiva received a wig from The Little Princess Trust while undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

Teiva has finished her treatment and is now an LPT ambassador who bravely recounts her own experience to promote our free wig provision service while also explaining to journalists and her social media followers why she believes more childhood cancer research funding is needed.

Piers Collins (left) and Xav Anderson are in Team LPT for the London to Paris ride. Photo: @TeivasChallenges

Piers, who has previously run a marathon, is understandably determined to get across the finish line and raise as much money as possible for LPT to support the causes we all share so passionately.

Everyone at The Little Princess Trust is wishing Piers and all our fabulous team of riders the very best of luck for the trip – and we will, of course, be keeping you all up to speed with the cyclists’ progress via our social media pages.

Many of the LPT cyclists have set up JustGiving pages to get their ride sponsored and anyone wanting to support Phil Brace and Wendy Tarplee-Morris can do so by visiting their page here.

 

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