Meet Gwen, Karin and Tony! Although all signed-up individually, this is their third year taking part in Cycle for Life and have all registered for the full 200km. They are supporting CSF's Gascony association. Tony's wife Jayne is a former health care professional from the UK. She is also President of CSF Gascony and an Active Listener Trainer.
Gwen is a retired teacher now living in the Hautes-Pyrénées and an Active Listener for CSF. Tony is an aftersales manager at Airbus.com and Karin is the helpline coordinator and active listener support for CSF Gascony - she takes calls/emails from clients/prospective clients, and keeps in touch with volunteers.
Here's what they have to say about Cycle for Life and taking part again in 2017 ...
What are you looking forward to the most?
Gwen - Meeting up with riders from previous rides, re-visiting the wonderful paths along the Canal du Midi and discovering some new routes
Karin - Difficult choice - the company of the other riders
Tony - Pleasure of riding along the canal, meeting old and new friends. Nice lunches and a cold beer at the end of the days ride
Is there anything you are a little apprehensive about?
Gwen - I will be prepared for some hot weather and hoping for plenty of shady halts
Karin - I'm not a natural cyclist and I don 't do heat very well. Getting used to both ....
Tony - No
What inspired or motivated you to take part in Cycle for Life this year?
Gwen - I enjoyed the last two rides so much and am very motivated to spread awareness of our association
Karin - Getting CSF known to more people and having a fabulous time along the way
Tony - Support to CSF, raise awareness, hopefully inspire people to contact and use the service
Jayne - After having done the last two rides I felt it would be good this year to help out as a support driver, giving me more time to get to know the other supporters, and perhaps taking the opportunity to purchase some of the excellent wine on the route!
It will be great to see them all again in Carcassonne on 22 June - and we'll make sure they all get a well-deserved cold beer (or two..!)