Dulwich College Memorial Award 2015

Jasper Goodsell, Paul Kottering,
Roly Wheeler

cycling the western front

Their story, in their words…

“We managed to cycle over 800km along the Western Front in eight days. The tour went smoothly with no problems with the bikes or any logistical problems. Every day we gave 100% and were mentally and physically drained by the time we reached our overnight accommodation. The final day proved to be the toughest, with a 20km ascent in the morning, which took us to an altitude of 1000m above sea level. This was then followed by 20km of descent and then a further 70km of ups and downs, before rushing from Mulhouse to Paris and sprinting across Paris to catch our train back to the UK. The physical challenge combined with frantic organisation of the final day perfectly sums up the nature of our cycle tour.

The route we planned took us through many significant First World War landmarks, including some of the largest and most finely kept war cemeteries we have seen. All of which served as a fitting reminder of all those who lost their lives so that we could live in freedom and peace.

We managed to raise £2,470 for Project Mala tackling child labour in India, and to give back to the Mark Evison Foundation, without whom we would have never even thought about doing something like this.”