September was cycling month at Les Hauts Paturages

September was a fabulous month here with two great events:

First off was a visit from De Kostoos Cycling Team from Belgium who were taking part in a charity event to raise money for a house in Ostende (the boys home town) for the families of cancer patients and families that need somewhere to stay whilst their family member is in hospital.  The boys had to ride up the Col de Tourmalet as many times as possible in a time frame.  The weather was scorching hot but all together the total rides were 32 which is absolutely amazing.  Well done to everyone taking part and the day ended with a well deserved table d’hôte with lots of Belgium beer!

Ready to ride
The end of a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

A few days after the boys returned to Belgium Richard, Tim and Sandro arrived from Norwich in the UK.  A hard cycle from Norwich to Poole, then over on the ferry saw the boys cycling through driving rain and winds with heavy backpacks.  Once into France the bad weather continued but spirits were high and the miles were speeding by.  Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Atlantique were ticked off the list.  Finally once through Nantes the rain stopped and the sun finally shone.

Heading south into Poitou-Charenties Doug met the boys and Carlos become support vehicle with Doug shopping and preparing meals life was a little easier.  The further south they headed the warm the weather and finally mid afternoon we saw the boys finally arrive after a gruelling ride up the mountain to us.  SO SO proud Richard and the boys.  Well done.  Needless to say they sat in the sunshine, beer in hand, planning their next adventure!

A few days after the boys returned to Belgium Richard, Tim and Sandro arrived from Norwich in the UK.  A marathon cycle from Norwich to Poole, then over on the ferry saw the boys cycling through driving rain and winds with heavy backpacks.

Richard, Tim and Sandro arriving from UK