It all started with a bike ride.
How does one man's solo journey from Paris become an event which has lasted nearly four decades and raised money for over 500 good causes.
Pete McQuade, founder of the Paris to Hayling Cycle Ride, brings to life the stories and personalities that turned his first pedal from Paris into the UK's longest-running long-distance charity cycling event. This moving and inspirational tale recounts friendships made, adventures shared, and the trials overcome by a group of lively and lovable characters who have taken part in a cycling event like no other and which for many has proved truly life changing.
Cyclists of varying standards coped with all sorts of weather and all sorts of terrain. Some got lost, one disappeared in a Gypsy wedding, others gate crashed a 14th July celebration and had the gathering singing "God Save The Queen" and one even got ejected from a nunnery. A few needed hospital trips and many partied hard but they got through it all together and came out the other side despite their raw hides and sore heads, with some fantastic tales and an even more special network of "bike ride friends"
ISBN : 978-1-80074-259-8
Pages : 306
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Peter McQuade is a lawyer and businessman who has spent his career in the high-tech industry and lives in Brighton. His involvement with the Paris To Hayling Charity Cycle Ride has encouraged him to participate in and/or organise other rides in the UK and abroad in Portugal and Malawi. He has written and spoken extensively about his cycling experiences and about the positive contribution of such things not just to charitable causes but also to physical and mental health and to teamwork.