Merlin 1000; 14 cyclists, 14 Cube Bikes, 2 support crew and a detailed route covering four countries, over a distance of 1000 miles. Why would we do this as everyone said that punctures and saddle-sore would haunt us! The challenge and team building we thought were good reasons but also to raise awareness for charities that are close to our hearts; The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The RAF Benevolent Fund and the Forces Childrens Trust.
The route was nothing short of daunting starting from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and ending up in the centre of Milan. Day one was a gentle 76 miles to catch the night ferry in Portsmouth and then the journey began through France (St Malo, Chateaubriant – A Brit finally wins Wimbledon), and then onto Tours.