When 95 cyclists leave early on Tuesday for Bury Rugby Club’s Memorial Cycle Ride they will know they are on target to raise £70,000.
The club has organised the ride to mark the 40th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 18 members who had gone to France to see a Five-Nations Cup match.
They will cycle 352 miles from the crash site at Ermenonville to Bury with funds split between St Nicholas Hospice Care and the Haberden Trust. Twin town Compiegne will give a rugby club guard of honour and civic reception.
Among the cyclists are five who lost fathers in the crash, including ride organiser Austin Cornish, who was only four when his father Laurie died aged 39.
Austin said this week: “We’ve received over £100,000 but it will cost about £40,000 to put on. We think we’ll be £70,000 clear.”
Austin only bought his bike three months ago, but said: “It’s had a fair bit of abuse since then. I did 103 miles this weekend. I think there will be a lot of camaraderie and I don’t think I’m going to be last back.”
They plan to arrive back at the Rougham Road ground at 6pm on Sunday May 11.
While they are away, staff at Bury’s Barclays Bank will support the ride by cycling 310 miles on Thursday and Friday on static bikes.
For ride news and to donate, visit www.memorialcycleride.co.uk