Pedal Power!


Dust off your bikes and shake out those lycra shorts…it’s time to get pedalling. Not for the first time, willing volunteers will be getting into the saddle in aid of an extremely worthwhile cause that goes under the name of Cancer Support France.

Now in partnership with La Ligue, CSF provides an invaluable service to cancers sufferers and their families who live in France. As with many associations the SCF relies entirely on the goodwill and the donations kindly received from volunteers.

The Girls Do Coffee show on Ex-Pat Radio this week focused on publicising the upcoming Cycle for Life which runs from Thursday 22nd June to Sunday 25th June 2017.

Our plans to chat with Penny Parkinson, current President of the CSF, went awry but previous conversations with Penny made it clear that no-one would put a spoke in the wheels of the bubbling enthusiasm of the CSF supporters. image - Chris Dowd CSF

Prize for the keenest participant looks likely to go to Chris Dowd, for whom a cycle ride from Carcassonne in the Aude to Sète on the Mediterranean coast of the Hérault simply isn’t enough. He will be starting off from his home village in the Hautes Pyrenees and joining the other cyclists at Carcassonne before going on to Sète, a total trip of 400 kms.

The planned CSF route this year is a stunner, beginning in the historic city of Carcassonne, passing through Narbonne with the beautiful Canal du Midi before touching the Mediterranean at Gruissan. It then follows the coastline through Saint Pierre le Mer, Valras Plage, Agde and Sète.


The Mairie at Sète have announced their intention to organize a reception to mark the arrival of the CSF riders, who have an ETA of approximately 17:00h on Sunday 25th June. image - CSF cycle ride 2017

Not only is it a great cause but it’s a great social event…if you would like to participate there are of plenty of opportunities…cycling all or some of the way, helping with the organisation at the cycling stops or simply cheering on the riders as they pass. Donating is simple too…just go to the CSF website ( where you can give via Alvarum, Pay Pal or using bank or credit cards.

If you would like to play your part, the CSF website lists the contact details of the associations in your area. See you there!