Cycle for Life 2019

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.  
 
The ride commenced in Mazamet with two glorious sunny days accompanying the cyclists across to Bedarieux.  Cycling along the voie verte, converted from a  former railway track, the views were stunning and pretty villages abounded.  A short train trip was needed into Beziers and day 3 began in rain.  The rain continued unrelenting until the end was thankfully reached at the coast at Gruissan, a lovely fishing port (when you can see it through the drizzle).    The weather truly tested the cyclists, who were obliged to wring out their socks and gloves at a lunchtime café, leaving puddles on the floor.  Day 4 was bright and sunny with a strong wind which didn’t upset a lovely picnic on the beach and an afternoon tea stop in Port Leucate with CSF members.
 
Canigou, the mountain that rises from the Roussillon plain, was just visible through the clouds as the cyclists headed inland to Perpignan for the final celebratory buffet lunch in a pretty public garden area.  With impeccable timing, the fountains began to play at noon to welcome the cyclists some 15 minutes later.  
 
The CSF Cycle for Life is not a race, nor is it only for raising funds. It is a fun way for people to share an experience, and the wonderful feeling of camaraderie as they tackled the challenges of the weather was evident.  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 without whom the ride would not be possible, and to the many sponsors who provided help, publicity and funds.  Thanks to Pat, the National President, for joining in the last three days and to Elizabeth and Curtis who came again all the way from New York to share the first three days with us.  Of course, the biggest thank you must go to the cyclists.  Without them there could have been no Cycle for Life.  Very many thanks to you all and especially to the Magnificent Nine.
 
Penny Parkinson
CSF Sud de France
 
Pop over to the Gallery to see the more pictures of our intrepid riders.