Bristol to Bordeaux à vélo

August 24 2017

One of the highlights of vet Nicky Bromhall’s summer was completing the Bristol to Bordeaux bike ride.

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One of the highlights of vet  Nicky Bromhall’s summer was completing the Bristol to Bordeaux bike ride. 

Nicky took leave from her role as veterinary surgeon at Animal Health Centre on Gloucester Road and joined a team of 68 riders on July 5 that set off from Temple Quay to cycle to Bordeaux.

This was the ninth annual Bristol to Bordeaux ride organised by PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support for those with Special needs), a Bristol-based charity raising money to support learning disabled adults in Bristol based at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds.

There were two ride options, the ‘Classic' 300-mile route and the ‘Epic’ 500-mile route. All set out to cover the distance in four days: that’s 125 miles a day for the epic riders. Four students from The Vassall Centre rode with the team, together with a huge entourage of volunteer support crew and vehicles.

Nicky’s ride flew by as she explained: “Fabulous company, stunning scenery, glorious weather (except for day three when we got absolutely soaked for the first 50 miles!) and an amazing experience.  

“The miles whizzed by and we were in Bordeaux before we knew it!

“I rode the ‘Epic’ 500 mile route on my Trek Madone, Marvin, and loved every minute; it was a treat to have nothing else to worry about other than pedalling as our every need was catered for by the support crew, even down to the post-ride massages!”

All those taking part on the ride paid their own expenses so every penny raised in sponsorship went directly to the charity. In all, over £80,000 was raised for PROPS.

For those of you tempted to join in next year sadly, you will have to wait until 2019 as the tenth annual B2B in 2018 is already full.

More information is available on the website and donations are still being accepted. Nicky’s link is mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nickybromhall1