On 13th October 2012 thirty cyclists left Axminster in Devon and rode 769 miles to the Slow Food Salone del Gusto festival in Turin, Italy, in memory of Philippa Corbin. We rode to raise awareness of depression and raise funds for two charities.

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Graeme Obree offers support for the ride

This message from Graeme Obree ‘The Flying Scotsman’ came in the night before we left and it got missed in all the last-minute preparations.  Graeme is a Scottish racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995.

“Can I Wish you all the best for your two wheeled expedition to Turin.  It is well known I have a passion for cycling and bikes.  However, I am also a great believer in the principles behind ‘Slow Food’ – it makes perfect sense to consume what you can grow locally and more often than not the local fare is the best in terms of flavour and freshness. You are cycling for a great cause, Philippa’s journey ended tragically all too soon, but your efforts will celebrate her life and her passion.  I hope you all enjoy the journey.”

Thanks Graeme – your support of the team means a great deal to us all!  Some of the riders are still out there – for example, Pam and Hugh are still at the festival in Turin, Michelle and Jen are cycling down to Florence, James and Will are heading for Rome and Brian is cycling 300 miles south to catch a ferry to Greece! :)