If you’ve ever tried to manoeuvre a Boris Bike around London you’ll know that just 30 minutes in the saddle can seem like an eternity.
So when designer James Greig and his friends Graham McLoughlin and James Holt decided to use Boris Bikes to cycle from London to Paris they must have had their fingers crossed that they didn’t come across many hills.
It’s not the first time the London bikes have made their way to France — in January, CW caught up with the team who cycled one up Mont Ventoux.
But Greig and co’s plan was slightly more realistic: to cycle the 300km between London and Paris.
Greig said on his Cyclelove blog: “Back in the summer, and completely out of the blue, I received a phone call from my friend Graham at Borough. 'I’m going to ride a Boris Bike from London to Paris. Do you want to come with me?'
“Without thinking I said yes.”
Leaving London on July 7 – the day the Tour de France came to town – the trio plotted their route based on accommodation found on Airbnb.
The video, from filmmaker Chris Lawson, follows the three friends, riding three gears for 300km to Paris.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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