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It was simply the best thing I have ever done....... A real life highlight.
Tony, Edinburgh
Probably my single greatest sporting achievement. Not only did I make great friends and see beautiful scenery, but also I achieved something I never thought I would. Now I cannot wait to keep cycling!
Lucy, Birmingham
I wanted to thank all the TdF team members, everyone was lovely, supportive, friendly and fun - just what you need when doing something which is as physically and mentally challenging as this was. Plus I loved your coffee at the food stops!
Petra, Belgium
The whole experience was just fantastic. But above all the thoroughness and passion you gave to every detail of the ride. The signing, the feeding, the accommodation – just perfect.
Luke, Portsmouth
It was a truly wonderful experience. I loved every minute. I cannot be positive enough about the event. I would recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in cycling. Thanks to absolutely everyone who was involved in putting it together, and to the Wates family for setting up such an extraordinary event. Sweeping magisterially into a French town at speed is worth every bit of the suffering needed to keep the pace...
Glen, Sussex
Great adventure. Grab the opportunity whilst you can because it's simply not available anywhere else. Enjoy it and realise exactly what you have achieved after you complete it.
Marianne, Scotland
It is a truly amazing event - one of the best things I have ever participated in!
Timothy, London
The obvious sincerity and involvement of the Wates family added to the nature of the event and made the fundraising important and worthwhile rather than just an obligation.
Peter, London
Route signing was spectacularly good. Absolutely first class.
Paul, South East somewhere
Whether you're already a very strong cyclist who wants to test how quickly you can ride stages of the Tour, or whether your challenge is just finishing, you meet a good cross section of riders on the Tour de Force, which for me is part of its attraction. But you're also doing it for a really good cause. Being a small charitable trust, you feel more connected to the cause and the people who run it, and I'm sure that adds to the unique atmosphere generated on the ride.
Matt, Northampton
I liked the fact I met the family and friends of the trust, and got to meet people who benefited from the money. That helped as a motivation, and with the fundraising.
Olly, London
The atmosphere that you create before the event is excellent...
Sarah, North London
The superb organisation, fantastic support on the road and the heart-warming camaraderie of the Tour de Force peleton make it the one of the the most amazing amateur cycling events that you can do. Enrich your life by joining in!
Jeremy, London
The organisation and staff of TDF have been incredible - how on earth they manage to pull off an event like this and keep EVERYONE happy is beyond me. Without exception they work thanklessly to all hours of the day and night to see to our every need. They are the most caring & professional group of people I think I have ever come across. To everyone in TDF - a HUGE thank you for making this the most unbelievable experience, one that has changed me and I will always remember. I WILL see you again.
Paul, London
An unforgettable sense of achievement and sense of purpose yet somehow the pain at the time is soon forgotten and you think - what about next year!?
Lauren, London
Amazing! Really bloody amazing!!! I can't tell people enough how well organised and run it was. It was one of the best and hardest things I've ever done and left me with some brilliant memories. I still can't get over how hard working yet friendly, warm, funny, interesting and engaging the staff were.
John, London
Tremendous fun, challenging, enjoyable, unbelievably well organised with a great atomsphere. Do it!
Phil, London
The best! The physios all absolutely amazing. So friendly, happy and always there if you needed them. Thank you to everyone.
Jonathan, Wiltshire
A brilliant, brilliant, brilliant experience, even for a non-cyclist such as me!
Paddy, London
My two teenage girls genuinely think I am a hero for doing the event. I will do nothing to dissuade them of that notion. That is the real power of the TdF!
Simon, London
Route signing was fantastic. We did not miss one turning in 5 days!
Denzil, Bournemouth
Even though I was a total novice pottering along at the back of the group I still felt part of a team on the days that I cycled the TdF. That’s an incredibly powerful message about the entire group of people involved in this year’s event.
Simon, London
Route signing was barnstorming!!! I am still in awe of the whole operation. How did you do it?! Seriously, an incredible event. Utterly brilliant in every way. Thank you so much.
Jamie, London
A very well organised event on a very human scale. It's a tough event but the support from the team and the riders is fantastic. Everyone was out to help each other.
John, Ayrshire
The charity aspect was important and I really appreciated the visit to the Winch: it helped me to explain the trip to potential sponsors. The event itself? Challenging, rewarding, really well organised, an amazing thing to do!
John, East Midlands
It was once again an absolutely fantastic experience, and doing the event for the second year only increased my awareness of the supreme effort and organisation that goes into making everything run so smoothly.
Pete, London
Just a note to thank you all for your superb running of the TdF, a truly outstanding combination of efficiency and fun.
Mark, London
The best thing I have ever done!
Luke, Sheffield
One of the best things that I have done on or off the bike.
David, Temporarily in Surrey!
Simply amazing! I could list lots of superlatives, but the event is the best thing I've ever done. I connected with it physically, emotionally and spiritually, the latter two I had not expected at all. It is unique in so many ways, it is physically challenging and needs to be trained for, but it simply is incredible.
Trevor, Edinburgh