SEVEN friends are biking from Solihull to Paris, in memory of a borough woman who lost her battle with cancer last year.
Chris Wallace, from Knowle, died after a long fight with stomach cancer - she was just 47.
Now husband Gerald will be saddling-up, along with six others, hoping to raise £15,000 for Marie Curie.
The father-of-two is training hard for the four-day challenge, which starts from the charity’s Warwick Road hospice.
“My wife was ill for some time, had several operations, but fought incredibly bravely,” said the 48-year-old.
“A friend of mine persuaded me to do it. I’m overweight and unfit, so this is a chance to change that.
“It’s a pretty big challenge to do over 80 miles a day, let alone doing that for several days straight.”
The team have called themselves ‘un pour la route’, which translates in French as ‘one for the road’.
“It was one of my wife’s catchphrases,” explained Gerald. “it was something she’d always say when we were out somewhere.”
Ahead of the 512km challenge, the group held a fund raising night at the Greswolde Hotel last week - collecting over £2,000.
The ride will raise money for the charity’s Big Build Appeal - Marie Curie needs £7m for its new building.
Around 60 cyclists will be setting out on the trip on September 15 this year.
You can read the team’s blog and find out how to donate at www.unpourlaroute.co.uk