Le Tour de Touchstone – the story in pictures

It may not be quite the Tour de France, but a 22 mile tandem ride is no mean feat. And doing it to raise money for charity is even better. Here’s the story of Senior Opertions Manager Gemma Hornby and Finance Director Ed Long’s ride…

The pre-launch event: Touchstone's Alison Lowe is flanked by Christian Prudhomme (director of Tour de France) and Gary Verity (chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire)

The pre-launch event: Touchstone’s Alison Lowe is flanked by Christian Prudhomme (Tour de France) and Gary Verity (Welcome to Yorkshire)

The riders - Gemma Hornby and Ed Long

The riders – Gemma Hornby and Ed Long.

The aim: to raise money in support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The aim: to raise money in support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Stage 1

Staff at the Kirklees Advocacy Service in Dewsbury wish the riders well for their journey.

Staff at the Kirklees Advocacy Service in Dewsbury wish the riders well for their journey.

Spectators at Touchstone House await the riders' arrival.

Spectators at Touchstone House await the riders’ arrival.

The first rest break - Ed and Gemma arrive at Touchstone House, Beeston.

The first rest break – Ed and Gemma arrive at Touchstone House, Beeston.

The Housing Team welcome them in.

The Housing Team welcome them in.

Ed with his colleagues from the Finance Team.

Ed shares a moment with his colleagues from the Finance Team.

Stage 2

The bike's the star - a brief stop off at Leeds Town Hall.

The bike’s the star – a brief stop off at Leeds Town Hall.

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A stylish supporter at the IAPT offices.

 

Stage 3

Tandem riding is all about cooperation, but the team had to compete on the Community Development Service's jigsaw challenge.

Tandem riding is all about cooperation, but the team had to compete on the Community Development Service’s jigsaw challenge.

Stage 4

A warm welcome at CST on Buslingthorpe Lane.

A warm welcome at CST on Buslingthorpe Lane.

La Cuisine Francaise - refreshments at the Community Support Team office.

La Cuisine Francaise – refreshments at the Community Support Team office.

Stage 5

Support Centre staff prepare the finishing line.

Support Centre staff prepare the finishing line.

Ready to welcome Ed and Gemma to the finish line.

The welcoming committee.

Ed and Gemma reach the finishing line.

Ed and Gemma reach the finishing line.

Glad to have made it.

Glad to have made it.

Quite a crowd celebrating the successful completion of the ride.

Quite a crowd celebrating the successful completion of the ride.

Some well earned refreshments.

Some well earned refreshments.

 

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