Nigel Blackburn was fortunate enough to participate in the Pedal to Paris cycle ride back in 2018 in support of The Royal British Legion. Following Covid-19, Pedal to Paris is now in it’s 25th year and is a ride from Central London to Central Paris, a total of 460 kms over 4 days, which culminates with an epic finish, on closed roads through France, at the Arc de Triomphe. Back in 2018, over 280 cyclists participated not only raising awareness for The Legion but much needed funds as well. These funds go on to support initiatives such as the Battle Back programme and other rehabilitation and wellbeing activities.

Inspired by his ride in 2018, Nigel and another ex-Army friend volunteered to crew the Baggage Truck for the 2019 ride. Having returned from Paris, Nigel said: “To see the other side, the immense organisation and planning that goes into the annual event is amazing. All cyclists are communicated with, mentored and inspired by the The Legion staff from the day they enter the event. Throughout the entire event they are extremely well catered for with the Legion providing all food, transport, overnight accommodation, cycle mechanics, medics and even masseurs for those tied legs on route to Paris!”

“I have already committed to this year’s 25th Anniversary Ride from 2-6 September 2021. The Legion are promising some extra surprises and I’m sure they will deliver. Coming from an ex-Army background I know what phenomenal work The Legion does to support the ex-Service and serving military community and families, a lot of which live in and around Newton Aycliffe and the surrounding areas”.

If like Nigel, you are inspired by the 320 cyclists already signed up, you can now enter for the 2022 event via the RBL website. Nigel is, of course, trying to raise his own sponsorship for 2021 and would welcome any kind donations and indeed any Corporate Sponsorship for this worthy charity at: www.justgiving/fundraising/pedaltoparis2020-nigelblackburn

If you are a local business and would like to support The Royal British Legion please get in touch with Nigel Blackburn.