A host of former rugby stars and friends are taking part in a unique challenge to ride a seven-seater bike from London to Paris, to raise funds for Restart and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The eye-catching contraption will be steered by former England and British & Irish Lions star, Simon Shaw. Pedal power will be provided by a sporting line up including former players Serge Betsen, Tim Payne, Tom Rees, Dave Walder and Mark Robinson, as well as alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott.
One of only five situated in the UK, the unusual ‘Cobi’ bike enables the seven riders to face each other as they pedal, and it even has a central drinks holder to ensure what promises to be a sociable journey. Good job too, because the days will be long and hot thanks to the current heatwave!
The team set off from Hampton Court this morning, aiming to reach Paris by 22 July in time to see the final of the 100th Tour de France. But with a bike that travels at pedestrian speed at best, the team have been promised early mornings and late nights.
This is the second year in a row that Shaw has embarked on an expedition in aid of charity, and after his first experience, it’s a wonder this second attempt has come at all.
“I did a charity trek last year across Corsica,