Ten years ago a group of unfit middle aged men from Langton Green decided to dust off their bicycles and cycle from London to Brighton. Since then, The Blazing Saddles, as they have become known as, have grown in numbers and become more adventurous every year. They have cycled to Paris, visited the tall ships in Rouen, toured the Isle of Wight, tackled the southern Alps and last year, in their most ambitious challenge so far, took on the steep mountain climbs of the Italian Dolomites.
This year The Blazing Saddles will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tunbridge Wells Twinning and Friendship Association by cycling 500 miles from Tunbridge Wells to Wiesbaden in Germany.
Setting off from Tunbridge Wells Town Hall on Saturday 14th June, the Blazing Saddles will spend the next few days peddling through France and Belgium before meeting members of the Wiesbaden Cycle Club on the German border. A civic reception will greet the cyclists on their arrival in Wiesbaden, celebrating the connection between the two towns.
Supporting the Tongole Foundation, The Blazing Saddles have already raised nearly £400 at the recent showing of their film made during the 2013 cycle in the Dolomites. With their cycle to Wiesbaden they hope to raise a lot more.
Jeremy Scott, a cyclist who has been out to visit the schools and villages surrounding Malawi’s central national park said, “Some of the poorest communities in Malawi are being transformed by what the Tongole Foundation is doing. Falling down school classrooms are being rebuilt. Children now have a solid roof over their heads and can sit on chairs rather than on bricks. Sustainable businesses are being developed and it’s good to know that any donation made to the Foundation will change lives”. You can see an extract of the film he made here:
If you want to sponsor Jeremy as he and The Blazing Saddles peddle across Europe, then follow the link below:
It’s easy…why not do it now!