Four Fifty-Plus Fools Flit Fru France: Four Over-fifty Year Old Men Tour France, Cycle Over 900 Miles from Biarritz to Caen, and Pass Through 16 Towns Twinned with British Towns Raising Money for Five Charities

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iUniverse, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 232 pages
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Four over-fifty year old cyclists fly into Biarritz, have a days rest to acclimatize then set off back to Teesside passing through sixteen towns twinned with British towns and arrive in Caen after eighteen days. The route included the Pyrenees, the Dordogne, the Loire Valley and Normandy. Money was raised for five charities. The reader of Four Fifty-Plus Fools Flit Fru France will find the book wonderfully entertaining and full of amusing and interesting digressions. The route was certainly challenging for old legs and their "biffons" were severely tested, with one cyclist suffering from "white penis syndrome". Letters and emails were sent out to all the twinned towns mayors in hopes that crowds would line the streets as they arrived. The reception from all the French people that they met on the way was outstanding. They were greeted by dancing in the main square in Biarritz and bunting on display in many towns that they passed through. The latter part of the ride passed through towns historically rich in Second World War stories.

A quote from a cyclist: The book is superb, very well written, so good in fact, I almost feel as though I am there with you guys. I feel quite envious, whilst some of the days sound as though they have been quite tough in cycling terms.

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Newton is a photographer specializing in Italian wine, food, landscapes and still lifes. He lives in London.

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