Cancer Support France Charity Ride

Written by on May 25, 2017 in News

One in three people in the western world will suffer from some kind of cancer in their lifetime. Cancer and its treatment is difficult enough in your own country but if you’re an expat it can be very complex indeed.

Cancer Support France

In 2002, Cancer Support France (CSF) started up to help people in exactly that situation, offering both emotional and practical help. Now, with a vast pool of knowledge and resources at their disposal, it helps thousands of people across the country.

To raise awareness and funds for the charity and to support the fantastic and challenging work that they do to support English speakers in France, CSF holds an annual event, ‘Cycle For Life’. In 2017 it is being held to celebrate the legacy and memory of CSF Founder Linda Shepherd who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the charity and who sadly died of cancer in March 2017.

Cycle for Life 2017 Canal du Midi

The ‘Cycle For Life’ ride will take place from June 22 to 25 starting in the Medieval city of Carcassonne. It will end with much celebration – at the coastal town of Sète. The route will run via the Canal du Midi, the Canal de la Robine and along a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast.

It is not a race and you can ride at your own pace and do as few or as many days as you like. The whole route is 200km long, but there are four stages of 50km, 40km, 50km and 60km. riders can start at any one of them. The route is all low-level, suitable for novice cyclists and families, and riders of all ages are welcome.

‘Vie and Velo’ cycle tour company can offer help with bike hire, bike transport or booking accommodation. Denise from ‘Vie et Velo” says “We are very excited to be supporting ‘Cycle for Life’ this year as it not only benefits a great cause, but highlights some of the fabulous cycling to be had in the Languedoc. We expect it will be a great event for cycling enthusiasts of all levels“.

Join a charity ride for cancer in France

Why not join this great ride for a fantastic cause. You’ll enjoy a gentle meander through beautiful French countryside in the sunshine, share wonderful lunch stops, with fab food, fun and of course wine!

The ride is free to join and you can raise money, if you wish, by asking people to sponsor you or to make a donation on

Details of the ride are on

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