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TfL boss Mike Brown puts IoC Chair, Carmen Carl Lomas on the cycle superhighway.

Express sector sort pit-stops for IoC's London to Paris cycle run for Transaid

It's a business shirt and tie, not Lycra for IoC Chair's cycle run for Transaid from TfL HQ to the final mile in Paris via courier company pit-stops.

IoC Chair Carl Lomas asks you to re-tweet @IOCouriers for 250 miles of on-yer-bike adventure to raise the awareness of Transaid.

IoC Chair Carl Lomas vowed to complete the Princess Royal's Transaid charity cycle run from London to Paris at the May Microlise conference. Having never been on a cycle for twenty five years, it was a big ask for the IoC Chair, who has completed 500 miles training in the last six weeks, matching the 500 year celebration of the Carmen Livery.

Carl left Palestra House TfL HQ at 13h30 on Thursday 21st Sept wearing a business shirt and Carmen wheels of transport tie. Making use of the CS7 TfL cycle superhighway he headed onto an A3 route aiming for the next pit-stop with CitySprint Guildford office on Friday morning.

update 10h00 Friday 22nd Sep - The screens are busy today as IoC chair Carl Lomas gets a pit-stop at CitySprint Guildford. Ops Manager Steve Knibb and team (Joanna, controller Rachel and Matt) give the green light for POB in the GU postcode.

update 12h00 Friday 22nd Sep - Following the ups and downs of the Surrey cycle highway to Horsham for fudge lunch courtesy of BACA Workwear outside Rymans - DHL drop zone on Middle St. Horsham. Thanks to Marc Calder at BACA for sorting the Hi-Viz and their best promo fudge !

update 17h30 Friday 22nd Sep - onboard and on time - heading for Dieppe thanks to UPS depot manager for Brighton and Eastbourne Nick Cooper and team signposting the way to ferry lane 8, saving 2 miles of cycling through the heart of BN postcode.

update 08h45 Saturday 23rd Sep - Dieppe - a balmy seaside resort. A morning alarm from the seaguills ready to make the almighty push up the hill to Saint Aubin, Rouen and Évreux.

update 13h15 Saturday 23rd Sep - Rouen - In front of the cathedral cy'clic cycle hire - Évreux next !

Carl comments,

It’s a 250 mile run to Paris. I have done a good number of 25 mile training runs but furthest distance in training was 35 miles, so the 80 mile plus days will be a step change big enough for a National Courier Awards win. A big thank-you to the Condor cycle team in Gray's Inn Road who have re-built the bike - a 25-year-old TVT courier cycle.

The purpose of Carl's effort is to raise awareness of Transaid in the Express sector. He joins over fifty other Transaid cyclists in Évreux on Saturday evening for the last miles to Paris. The team target is to raise £100k for the Transaid transport charity.

Your job is to re-tweet the adventure as IoC send out live reports here and on Twitter @IOCouriers on the four day run.

  • May 2017 - Microlise Conference

    Lomas commits to ride for Transaid

  • Day 1 London: TfL HQ

    0km travelled - 376km to go

  • Day 1 Guildford: Olympic route

    46km travelled - 330km to go

  • Day 2 Guildford: CitySprint pit-stop

    46km travelled - 330km to go

  • Day 2 Horsham: BACA fudge lunch

    81km travelled - 295km to go

  • Day 2 Newhaven:UPS dockside

    136km travelled - 240km to go

  • Day 3 Dieppe: Rouen next !

    136km travelled - 240km to go

  • Day 3 Rouen: A cy'clic city

    200km travelled - 176km to go


Follow Carl's progress as we post regular photo updates of his journey in the slideshow above and in the photo gallery, culminating in a special Sunday evening Fellows-only e-mail on his arrival underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Carl is using a 1992 TVT courier cycle that was prepared in the Gray's Inn Road by Condor Cycles; Grant Young and the Condor team reviewed the gearing.

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