Cycle for Life 2019 – a huge thank you

Cancer Support France Cycle for Life 2019

The fifth CSF Cycle for Life took the cyclists from the highs of the Haut Languedoc National Park to the lows of the Roussillon plain (with a couple of hills thrown in) over a period of 5 days. 28 cyclists took part for one or more days and a gallant 9 cycled the entire route, enduring not only the highs and lows but also erratic weather.

Two glorious sunny days were followed by a day of unrelenting rain. Fortunately Day 4 was bright and sunny and the final short ride from Le Barcares on the coast into Perpignan on the last day was in perfect cycling weather.

A fuller report on the Cycle for Life with photos can be found here:

The CSF Cycle for Life is the only event which raises funds specifically for the National association. It also brings CSF some much needed publicity along the way. This year sponsorship means that we are well on the way to reaching our target of €10.000 which is needed to fund the Trainers’ Conference and Train the Trainer programme in November.

A huge thank you to the helpers and supporters (including Pat, the National President) without whom the ride would not be possible, and to the many sponsors who provided help, publicity and funds. It is impossible to mention everyone but particular thanks must go to:

Bruce and Denise of Vie et Velo who designed the route and dedicated 5 days to being with us. Bruce was lead cyclist and Denise was in support with Emile, the waggy mascot;

Annette (LaFranglaise) for designing and updating this dedicated website, as well as the Facebook page. She is kindly continuing with the Chris Dowd Cycle Challenge;

Dennelle from Renestance and their generous donation to fund the final celebratory buffet;

Members of CSF Sud de France and CSF Languedoc who provided cakes and support along the way;

Elizabeth and Curtis who came again all the way from New York to cycle the first three days with us;

Finally, many thanks to all the cyclists. Without them there could have been no Cycle for Life.

Penny Parkinson
CSF Sud de France