We spoke to the multi talented Erica Stone to find out about her journey from London to Paris on the Royal British Legion, Pedal to Paris ride!
Who is it for?
Royal British Legion. Anyone could take part in this event, there were 3 riding groups (fast, intermediate and social) to suit all levels of riders. All riders are asked to fundraise in order to raise money for the Royal British Legion to help them continue to provide vital support to the Armed Forces community.
How many riders/athletes?
How many staff from Roadside Therapy?
6 – Including 2 Osteopaths, 1 Physiotherapist Student, 1 Sports Therapist and 2 Sports Massage therapists – A great combination!
Location in the world?
Starting in London and finishing 4 days later in the Paris at the Arc du Triomphe – Amazing!
Day 1 – London to Calais
Day 2 – Calais to Abbeville
Day 3 – Abbeville to Beauvais
Day 4 – Beauvais to Paris
Who was on the couch?
We were very popular at this event with every rider trying to get on the couch at every stop! There were riders from all over the UK and a big team that came over from America too especially for the event. Most riders came as part of a group of friends or work colleagues with some groups being just two or 3 people, and other groups being much bigger with 20 plus riders. The biggest group by far were the M&S group who had 95 riders taking part, including 2 of their male models, who seemed to be a hit with all of the ladies on the ride!
Dusk till dawn?
6am – Wake Up
6.30am – Breakfast
7.30am – Morning treatments at the start line, and stretch/foam roller classes.
8.30am – Riders Set off
11.30am – First stop for the riders and treatments.
1pm – Lunch stop and treatments
3.30pm – Final break & Treatments
6pm – Riders finish for the day and head back to the hotels.
7pm-11pm – Evening treatments at the hotel (and stretching classes) – with a break for dinner in-between.
11.30pm – Bed
Watching the riders arrive at the Arc du Triomphe. All the traffic at the roundabout was stopped for them as they rode in (the only other time this happens is during the Tour de France) and it was amazing to see them all celebrating and lifting their bikes in the air in front of a fabulous background. It was amazing to see them all so happy and proud of what a great journey they had been on, and even better to be able to raise a glass with the riders and all the team to celebrate!
Seeing our waiting lists fill up so much on the final 2 days during our day time treatments and knowing we wouldn’t be able to treat everyone before they had to get back on their bike. We did our best though and treated as many people as possible!
Athletes – Make sure you stay hydrated when doing long cycle rides, especially in the hot weather. We had a lot of people suffer with cramp on the first day but once they got on top of their hydration we saw this a lot less.
No. Of treatments (hours)?
We all did about 80 treatments each over the four days. On average we probably did about 5/6 hours a day each.
The riders cycled 460km/284miles from London to Paris.
Other skills required?
Stretching and Foam rolling classes in the morning before the ride and in the evening each day at the hotels. This became very popular amongst the riders and they all got involved.
10 – Such a great event to work on. The atmosphere throughout was brilliant and all the staff and riders from RBL were incredible.
Here’s a quick video showing you just a snippet of the epic journey the riders take from London to Paris. Chapeau!