Sunday 30th June  – The final ride into Barcelona, another 50 miles rolling in down from the mountains into Barcelona.

Saturday 29th June  – After 52 miles yesterday, today had to be a shorter ride due to the 45 degrees forecast. A smaller group managed 26 miles, which still included 3,100 ft of climbing.

But the views made it all worth it…..

Friday 28th June  – The first day was really tough – the temperature shot past 30 degrees to nearer 40! There isn’t any shade on the roads up into the mountains so the first 58 miles was just gradual climbing – all 5,700 ft of it.

But today is a new day and a good nights sleep has made a difference. Another early start before the temperature rises. The orange Adroit cycling socks are on today too – always on brand!! Today we continue the climbing – heading for the summit, through the ski resorts and over the border into Spain.


Thursday 27th June  – Everyone arrived in Carcassonne yesterday and hopefully the sunshine and adrenaline didn’t lead to too much beer and rose?! Today is going to be 65 miles, gradually climbing from Carcassonne, through the foothills of the Aude and into the spa town of Ax-les-Thermes which sits at around 1,400m. Its already 21 degrees and could be over 30 by lunchtime.



On the 27th June Steve Williams MRICS starts a bike ride from Carcassonne to Barcelona for the Noahs Ark Hospice charity.

Noah’s Ark are around the corner from where Steve lives in Barnet – they provide clinical, practical and emotional support to over 310 babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families living in North and Central London and Hertsmere. Having three children of his own this is probably quite fitting.

To expand their care services to up to 1,200 children, Noah’s Ark are constructing a new hospice building, ‘The Ark’. The Ark will be a home-from-home for seriously unwell children, where they will be given the time and space to be children and not just patients.

The ride is just over 300 miles and crosses to Spain via the highest paved road in Europe (there had to be some pain). The Adroit jersey has been packed, the Garmin is charged and the tyres are pumped up….all that’s left is the peddling.

Steve has launched a sponsorship page. We’ll be posting updates during the ride on LinkedIn, Twitter and this blog post. For those of you that want the detail, Steve will be uploading his ride each day onto Strava. If you’re able to support him then please follow the link. Any donation will help focus his mind when the climbing starts.