Last Thursday, the ‘Le COP Crusade’ riders set out from central Bristol, making their way to Paris in time for the first day of the COP 21 climate talks. Over 250 miles, 4 days and a few sore muscles later the group of over 15 Bristol cyclists arrived at the Arc De Triomph at 3pm on Sunday!
The purpose of the trip was for the riders to represent Bristol as 2015 Green Capital and campaign for real action on climate change. A number of the riders will be attending conferences, summits and debates on behalf of the city throughout COP 21.
The cyclists, representing the Bristol Green Party, Natracare, Your Group Energy, Sustain and more, set off from central Bristol on Thursday morning. Days 1 and 2 took them through Bath and the Salisbury Plains to Portsmouth, where they got some well-earned rest aboard the overnight ferry to La Havre.
On day 3, the longest in the saddle, the cyclists were pitted against 85 miles through the beautiful, albeit unforgiving, French countryside. Thankfully, the weather held off and the group arrived in Vernon unscathed.
The final day saw the COP 21 crusaders navigating 50 miles through the Parisian suburbs and arriving at the Arc De Triomphe at 3pm – plenty of time to get some dinner and see the Eiffel Tower light up in the evening!
Matt Gitsham of Sustain said
‘The trip was excellent! We got really lucky with the weather and everything went off without a hitch. There was a real sense of elation as we pulled up at the Arc De Triomphe and I believe there are real reasons to be optimistic about the COP 21 talks. I’m excited about what the next few weeks will bring!’
The COP 21 talks are held in Paris from November 30th to December 11th. You can keep up to date with all the latest news by using the #COP21 hashtag.
Update (11/12/2015): Thanks to Love the Future for the excellent video!