Biketart Supports: CatchingLives London Paris 2015 supported by Lee Evans Partnership

The Lee Evans Partnership are a Kent based architecture company who have taken on the challenge of cycling from London-Paris, a common bike ride culminating the most popular English and French roads. We caught up with Ben Prince and he gave us a chat through the challenge and what they’re expecting!

Hello Ben. Could you tell us a bit about the Lee Evans group and why you decided to choose this charity and get involved?

We are eleven members of staff from Lee Evans Partnership, a firm of architects based in Canterbury, who are cycling over 200 miles from London to Paris in July 2015 over 3 and a half days in aid of local charity, Catching Lives. The journey will begin from our London office by Kings Cross Station and end beneath the Eiffel Tower.Catching Lives have been selected as the company’s ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2015. They are an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn. Our partnership with Catching Lives will enable us to raise much needed funds for the charity as well as providing practical hands-on assistance where they require.

What experience do your riders and team have in cycling and how’s the training going? Anything specific you’ve added in? Where does the route go?

Our group of riders have varying cycling experience including regular commuters, keen mountain bikers and people that are not really that familiar with a bicycle saddle! The team are hoping that regular evening training rides will help out with the gruelling first day’s ride of over 75 miles to Newhaven, over the North and South downs; however, the encouragement of French wine and cheese is helping to overcome this fear! After a ferry crossing to France we will continue our journey, making use of the Avenue Verte disused railway south of Dieppe and well- surfaced forest paths through the outskirts of Paris, using the Bois de Boulogne, and arriving a mile from the Eiffel Tower before emerging onto the city streets.

How’s the fundraising going and how much do you hope to raise?

We are aiming to raise £3,000 from the ride which will add to the overall year’s donation to Catching Lives. The practice has already hosted a successful quiz night raising close to £2,000. A number of staff will also be taking part in The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in September.

If you want to keep up to date with Ben and the team, they have interaction over social media and here at Biketart we will be supporting their ride and helping out with maintenance and support. There’s a JustGiving page for the team and you can follow them from their very first pedal stroke to the last. Let’s wish them luck!

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