It’s an eyeful of the Eiffel!

The Guerilla Social Rides team arrives at the Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Guerilla Social Rides team arrives at the Eiffel Tower, Paris
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They’re all keen cyclists, but a 500-mile challenge from Blackpool to Paris was hard work for this team.

Six members of Blackpool-based Guerilla Social Rides took it upon themselves to ride from one world famous tower to another to raise vital funds for the Fylde coast’s children’s hospice.

They set off from Blackpool Tower last Monday and travelled through Chester, Kidderminster, Didcot near Oxford, and Portsmouth, where they boarded a ferry to France.

Once in Le Havre they set off to Evreux and arrived at the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, on Saturday night.

One member, David Moore, said: “It started off as just a challenge which we set ourselves last year, but then we decided to use the opportunity to raise money for charity.

“Quite a few people have had dealings with Trinity Hospice and we thought it would be best to do this for them.”

David said the team contacted Trinity and was told their money would be put towards services and care at Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

“We knew it was a really good cause,” he added.

Guerilla Social Rides started fund-raising around three months ago and quickly managed an impressive £3,000.

The group was set up as a social bike ride for people who enjoy cycling.

The charity trek was set up for the group to take their social rides further, and the group is already thinking of ways to raise money in a similar way next year.

David, 35, said the group had been training for some time, but nothing could prepare them for the amount of miles they covered in six days.

“We all had aching muscles and we didn’t expect to get lost and end up in the Duke of Westminster’s private residence,” he added.

“We had to be escorted off by armed guards!

“The whole experience was a lot tougher than we expected. We had been training on separate days for the distance we would cover each day on the ride, but doing them one after the other was hard.”

It was a mission that was close to David’s heart, as Trinity Hospice helped care for his nan, Frances Moore, 87, before she died a few months ago.

He said: “She got care at home through the hospice, so it was a good motivational tool for me as it’s such an amazing place. We are all very proud to have raised this money for Trinity and Brian House.”