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#BBBR14 and finally, the statistics:

Monday – Brussels to Mons
Distance: 55.13 miles
Elevation: 1,940 feet
Calories burned: 3,712
Tuesday – Mons to Arras
Distance: 74.07 miles
Elevation: 1,317 feet
Calories burned: 4,323
Wednesday – Arras to Amiens
Distance: 49.50 miles
Elevation: 1,443 feet
Calories burned: 2,892
Thursday Amiens to Compiegne
Distance: 62.83 miles
Elevation: 2,147 feet
Calories burned: 3,920
Friday – Compiegne to Paris
Distance: 55.41miles
Elevation: 1,517 feet
Calories burned: 3,633
Sunday – Ride into Blackheath
Distance: 11.19 miles
Elevation: 303 feet
Calories burned: 716
Sunday – Hero Ride to Horseguards
Distance: 9.58 miles
Elevation: 116  feet
Calories burned: 612
Grand Totals
Distance: 317.71 miles
Elevation: 8,783 feet
Calories burned: 19,808

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#BBBR14 Finished!!!

Ready to go home and struggle with London Underground and First Capital Connect (and yes, it was a struggle!)

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They\’re off #BBBR14

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Ready for the off!

Raf blue

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Hero Ride – the briefing #BBBR14

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Hero Ride day – #BBBR14

Hero Ride approaching the off time!!

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After the ride… #BBBR14

After a security delay we\’re flashing through northern France at 180mph.

After a long week (and perhaps the odd late night!), people all around me are snoozing!

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Day 6 – Hurry up and wait #BBBR14

Entirely predictably today is a lot of nothing. Get up late, breakfast, watch the England NZ game, wait for the coach (current situation!), wait for passport control, wait for train, wait for coach, wait at hotel, wait for coach to dinner, wait for dinner, wait for coach back. Bed.

Tomorrow will be much better, up early, breakfast, ride, wait, lunch, Hero Ride. Go home!

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#BBBR14 the bit that hurt…

Some distance into the final day and we\’re storming along.  Despite the strong sun, some heavy dappled shade hides the road surface.

At about 18mph I hit the pavé (cobbles). Some were missing, the gaps were huge and the opportunity to back off or brake is 0.

All you can really do is tough it out, or at least back off reducing contact points from 5 to 4 and let the bike oscillate under you. 

An interesting experience (about 150 yards of it), and not one I\’d have wittingly done (!), but worth having done once.

As i write (Saturday morning) we are holding for coaches to the train for London, and have just seen England lose at the death in the first test match in NZ.

Muscles all sore, skin all burned.  I may have overdone the forcing up the hill in front of others bit, and underdone the protect your skin bit!!

Celebratory dinner tonight. Hero Ride in the morning, and then home, away from the H4H family and bubble after the best of the three BBBR rides I have done.

Thanks to everyone who donated to support such a great cause!

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Day 5 – an assortment #BBBR14

Rolling guide stop for water. One of the early actions \”The affair at Nemy\” sounds a bit Poirot!

A rather fine final lunch stop.

The final scenes in Paris, and a fire at the brasserie!