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Boris Bike cycled up French mountain and back in 24 hours

Posted at 3:30 pm, December 20, 2013 in Fun London, Outdoor London, Transport

Boris bikes are really getting around at the moment. Earlier this week we saw the photo of one that had made it all the way to The Gambia and now we bring you news that another has managed to get up a French mountain and back into a dock before the day was up. Robert Holden, Matthew Winstone and Ian Laurie hired the bike from the New Kent Road, before driving to Mont Ventoux in France to cycle up this Tour de France landmark.

Robert Holden made it to the top of the 6,273ft peak on the three-gear bike in just under three hours. The trio then rushed back to London, managing to dock the bike just 22 seconds before the 24 hour maximum rental period expired. Impressive. Their triumph has received praise from the Mayor himself, with Boris commenting: ‘This was an astonishing feat of endurance made all the more remarkable by the breakneck speed at which they whizzed back in time to avoid getting a fine.’ The gruelling effort is all for a good cause, as they are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support after Mr Holden’s father was diagnosed with the illness.

You can find out more and donate to the fundraising effort here.

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