A total of 60 fundraising cyclists successfully cycled 130-miles from the American Express Community Stadium to the Palace of Versailles in just two days, as part of the annual Albion in the Community (AITC) Brighton to Paris bike ride.
The riders left Albion’s home ground in the early hours of Friday morning and arrived in the French capital on Saturday afternoon drenched in sweat and sunshine, as Paris enjoyed one of its hottest days of the year.
Staff from both AITC and Brighton and Hove Albion joined an army of fan fundraisers for the challenge – including former fans’ favourite Guy Butters, who now works for AITC.
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Gary Townsend, the charity’s chief operating officer, was also among those who tackled the challenge.
The 42-year-old took part with Jadey Yesilada, AITC’s fundraising ambassador. Jadey, who has cerebral palsy, recently completed the Brighton Marathon with Gary and the pair teamed up again to take on the Paris bike ride – with Gary pulling Jadey behind his bike in a specially adapted chair.
The pair entered Paris together on Saturday afternoon and have now raised almost a combined total of £8,400 across the two events.
A final total for the entire cycle ride will be calculated later this week, but Gary was full of praise for everyone who took part.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “All our cyclists did brilliantly and as a charity we are so grateful to them for taking up this challenge and raising what will be a significant amount of money for AITC.
“It was a fantastic couple of days and it was great to not only raise funds for the charity but also to meet so many of our supporters.
“It wasn’t an easy thing for people to do and everyone put in a lot of training hours before the ride. Reaching the finishing line was a real achievement. We can’t thank our fundraisers enough for the difference they will make to the people we work with.”
View the highlights from days one and two below