Le Mans riders make it to the Finish Line
24th June 2016
All four cyclists taking part in the charity bike ride organised by George Cox & Sons arrived at Le Rue Bolton in Le Mans France on Saturday 11th June 2016 after an exhausting 450 mile trip in memory of their colleague Colin Needham.
The four riders; Steve Abbott, Chris Cox, Mark Holroyd and Mark Sheen along with a support team of Steve's newly wife Gill and James Tomlinson, were given a tremendous send off from Mayor Lynda Bryne along with family and friends a week last Sunday when they set off from Le Mans Crescent Bolton on their journey to Rue de Bolton Le Mans.
Chris Cox said "It was a humbling experience to see so many coming to wish us well at the start and then to pick up their messages of support throughout the ride was at time overwhelming. We were blessed with fantastic weather for the first four days, when in England, and bizarrely the further south we went the worse the weather became. The last 65 miles we had to endure heavy rain all day, but the finish line was in sight so it didn't matter"
The team were in for a surprise in that Colin's parents Wyn and Jimmy Needham had made the special trip over to Le Mans just to be able to welcome the riders as they crossed the finish line.
"Colin would have loved something like this and we are so proud that everyone thought so much of him and wanted to be involved in this great project in his memory"
The ride even made the local newspaper with a full page spread in the local Connexion France http://www.connexionfrance.com/Needham-Bolton-Le-Mans-charity-18143-view-article.html
Setting out with the aim of raising £2,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity, the group quickly surpassed that target, when Steve & Gill, who only got married the day before the ride asked that all their wedding guests made a donation to the charity instead of any wedding present. They are well on course to pass the £4,500 mark. You can still make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/George-Cox1