Geeks Cycle Around The World – Stage Two!


IPT director Lee Town, has helped to raise money for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) by cycling from Paris to Marseille.

Medecins Sans Frontieres are a humanitarian organisation who provide medical assistance to over 70 countries where the population is in need of urgent assistance. A cause close to his heart, architect Lee Town and two other friends straddled their saddles and pledged to cross the vast bulk of France in order to raise awareness and funds for MSF.

Their journey saw them cross the Loire Valley to Lyon before following the Rhone Valley through Avignon, eventually working their way over Alpilles Mountains. They reached their destination of Marseilles on the eighth day, taking a well-deserved swim in the sea to relax after completing such a tiring feat. They averaged approximately 73 miles per day on their 580 mile journey and reached a top speed of 41mph when travelling downhill during their adventure.

“Putting it into context, cycling 73 miles over an eight-day period without any other vehicle assistance is an absolutely remarkable achievement for anyone to complete, and Lee and the team are delighted with the effort they have put into this project,” commented an IPT spokesperson. “Admittedly though, Lee did have some trouble putting away his maps on most days! When all is said and done they’ve raised an incredible amount of money for the MSF and hopefully have raised its profile in the same instance. There is still a long way for them to go as they reach the next stage of their journey, and the IPT team are behind Lee and the gang all the way.”