Bob is employed as a Financial adviser for deVere France and Karen works with him as his financial coordinator from their home in Occitanie. In 2006 they moved over to France from Devon with their children, and are only too aware of the potential problems and difficulties facing people living in France.
Bob's role with deVere is to advise English speaking expats on key areas such as UK pension transfers (Qrops) tax efficient investment opportunities, currency exchange, UK mortgages etc. Bob has 20 years experience in financial services and provides free, independent, obligation free advice. He is also very happy to pass on any other advice from his experience of living in France for the past 11 years.
Karen and Bob are taking holiday from work to take part in all 4 stages of Cycle for Life. They signed-up as a couple but know several other people taking part (and will probably know many others afterwards!)
Here's what they have to say about taking part in Cycle for Life 2017 ...
Have you ever taken part in an event like this before?
Karen - many years ago I did a 1 day 52 mile bike ride across Dartmoor for charity.
Bob - I did the same ride but shamefully only managed 26 miles due to a convenient puncture!
What are you looking forward to the most?
Karen - The camaraderie between fellow cyclists, spreading awareness for CSF and what a wonderful way to promote the stunning area where we live. The scenery of the Languedoc and Canal du Midi is exceptional.
Bob - The frequent rest stops, swimming at the beaches and my own satisfaction in completing it.
Is there anything you are a little apprehensive about?
Karen - cycling 200km especially if the weather isn't good, the bike ride will be challenging enough without wind and rain and saddle fatigue!
Bob - breakdowns both mechanical and physical, pub being closed when I get to the finish.
What motivated you to take part in Cycle for Life this year?
Karen - Knowing several people who have or have had cancer (including Bob) has inspired us to do this, plus what better way to get yourself fit!
Bob - We are? I woke up one morning to find that I had been signed-up by Karen! Be careful when you go to sleep as when you wake up you could be told to 'get on your bike'! More seriously though, having personally had cancer and being grateful for the support I received here in France it's a great way to raise awareness.
What would you say to anyone thinking about taking part?
Karen - In case any readers are thinking they are maybe not fit enough to undertake this event, we have hardly ridden our bikes over the last few years - maybe just a few fun very short trips. Since signing-up we have done a few (26km) practice runs. Now knowing the route is completely flat we are confident about being able to complete it, especially as it can be done at our own pace. There are plenty of lovely places to stop along the way for a cuppa and a break.
Bob - It's a fantastic way of meeting new people, getting or keeping fit, exploring the stunning Canal du Midi and coast whilst most importantly raising awareness for cancer support. Looking forward to it!