Stewarts Law to take part in the London to Paris 2012
30 November 2011
The London to Paris (L2P) ride is recognised as one of the world's most exciting cycle events open to the public and is about as close to the Tour de France experience as an amateur cyclist can get. The Daily Telegraph listed the L2P within the top 25 mass participation events alongside the London and New York marathons and listed it in the top 10 international endurance events.
In 2012, 450 cyclists will be split into speed groups and supported by crews of mechanics, marshals, out-riders, sport therapists and experienced ride captains. The event is distinguished by having rolling road closures throughout France along the way to the Eiffel Tower. There are only two cycling events that are granted road closures in the centre of the French capital; the other is the Tour de France.
In 2012 a team of 20, comprising of staff from the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and ex-patients, who will be using hand cycles, will aim to complete the 520 km route from Hampton Court to the Eiffel Tower with an average travelling speed of 14-15 mph (23 kph).
The Stoke Mandeville Hospital has been nominated one of the charities of the event and the team will be aiming to raise funds for much needed specialist sport therapy facilities to assist with the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury.
Given that the Stoke Mandeville Hospital was the birthplace of the Paralympics it is fitting that such a challenge should take place in the year that the Olympic and Paralympic games take place in London. The event will be filmed by Euro Sports and shown as a prelude to their coverage of the Tour de France 2012.
Stewarts Law is proud and excited to be part of this venture and it will be hoped very much that you would be able to join us.