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From Solihull to Paris - in 30 hours

WHILE most people relaxed last bank holiday weekend two local brothers attempted to cycle from Solihull to Paris in 24 hours!

WHILE most people relaxed last bank holiday weekend two local brothers attempted to cycle from Solihull to Paris in 24 hours!

Gareth, aged 31, and David Daniel, aged 25, spent Saturday and Sunday pedalling their way to the French capital.

The pair, who own their own online retail business Di Vapor, had previously pedalled across America - some 2,885 - miles in 36 cycling days.

Their latest challenge saw them almost make the 255 mile journey in 24 hours, but in the end they did it in 30 - not bad for self-confessed fair weather cyclists.

The brothers left their Marsh Lane home at 10am on Saturday and arrived at the Eiffel Tower at around 4pm Sunday.

Losing a water bottle, bad weather, a niggling knee injury, a flat tyre, roads not suitable for bikes, useless maps and getting separated from their support team all added time to the journey.

“Okay, we didn’t manage the 24 hours but we had left Solihull on mid-Saturday morning and arrived in Paris the following afternoon,” said Gareth.

“Both of us were exhausted. The muscles behind our legs were painful, but we spent the next day walking around - it made for a long warm down.

“You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself. It was a personal challenge for us.

“We cycle around the roads in Knowle and Chadwick End. We’re fair weather cyclists though we are planning to cycle across Australia at some point.”

 

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