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Rugby legends cycle for Restart

July 18th, 2013

A host of former rugby stars and friends are taking part in a unique challenge to ride a seven-seater bike from London to Paris, to raise funds for Restart and Teenage Cancer Trust.

The eye-catching contraption will be steered by former England and British & Irish Lions star, Simon Shaw. Pedal power will be provided by a sporting line up including former players Serge Betsen, Tim Payne, Tom Rees, Dave Walder and Mark Robinson, as well as alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott.

One of only five situated in the UK, the unusual ‘Cobi’ bike enables the seven riders to face each other as they pedal, and it even has a central drinks holder to ensure what promises to be a sociable journey. Good job too, because the days will be long and hot thanks to the current heatwave!

The team set off from Hampton Court this morning, aiming to reach Paris by 22 July in time to see the final of the 100th Tour de France. But with a bike that travels at pedestrian speed at best, the team have been promised early mornings and late nights.

This is the second year in a row that Shaw has embarked on an expedition in aid of charity, and after his first experience, it’s a wonder this second attempt has come at all.

“I did a charity trek last year across Corsica,” explains Shaw. “It was supposed to take two weeks, and we did it in six and a half days, each of which were 10-12 hours long. We trekked 30,000-odd meters – Everest is less than that at 18,000 metres! My knees were shocking afterwards and I couldn’t fit into my shoes for two weeks. I said I was never trekking again!

“The last time I rode a bike I cycled for 50 miles on an ill-fitting bike, that collapsed underneath me! But when you’ve completed the trip it does give you a feeling of incredible satisfaction, so I decided I wanted to get back involved.”

Restart is incredibly grateful for their support and we wish Simon and his team the very best of luck on their challenge!

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Content courtesy of Rugby World magazine