In the early hours of Saturday April 6, plucky members of the Lloyd’s Cycling Club will be setting off from Lloyd’s in London to Paris, a distance of 240 miles (386 kilometres) in aid of charity Action for A-T.
Clive O’Connell, member of the cycling club and partner at law firm Goldberg Segalla, says: “This ride is rather different from most of the charity rides that clog the roads and lanes of southern England and northern France each summer. Instead of taking three or four days to cover the distance comfortably, we are riding non-stop in under 24 hours. Instead of riding in the summer when we would enjoy long evenings and nice weather, we are riding in early April when the night lasts 11 hours, there will be no moon and the weather is likely to be atrocious. Cold, wet and into the prevailing wind. As you might imagine, only a good cause would justify such self-punishment.”
Action for A-T was established by an underwriter at Axis Capital at Lloyd’s after his five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a rare, neurodegenerative and progressive condition that starts in early childhood causing severe disability and premature death..
The cyclist’s arrival, and reason for riding at such an inconvenient time of the year, coincides with the Paris Marathon. Some of the riders will also be doing the marathon, although O’Connell is happy to report that he is not.
You can find out more and sponsor O'Connell here: http://www.bmycharity.com/clivelloyds2paris