Cheers and the bicycle bells rang out across the Alps as a crew of RAF Benevolent Fund cyclists completed their mammoth ride on Friday evening.
Commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a team of nine cyclists conquered the gruelling 363 mile route from Paris to Geneva. The four-day challenge took in the rolling French countryside across France before the cyclists were put to the test as they journeyed to the Alps of Switzerland.
"I've had an incredible time on the ride," Emily Fry, one of the cyclists who battled through the challenge, enthused. "The first few hours were hard, just getting used to riding relentlessly, and the Alps… well I wouldn't want to scale those again! Spending that much time on the saddle definitely had its ups and downs but I'm so proud of myself and all of the others too – we did it!!"
Paul Hewson, Regional Director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "I would like to thank each and every rider who rose to the challenge and cycled for four days! The dedication and good humour was clear throughout the whole ride, and each fundraiser should be very proud of their wonderful efforts!"
The ride was timed to coincide with the national commemoration of the Battle of Britain. There were nearly 3,000 aircrew who fought in the Battle of Britain from more than 70 Squadrons.