Intrepid cyclists raise £2,500 for COPS on epic US journey

Posted on June 7, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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TWO intrepid cyclists have ridden down the entire west coast of America to raise money for Care of Police Survivors.

Insp Lou Provart and retired Insp Carol Congreve, from Norfolk Constabulary, set off on the 1,812 mile journey at the US-Canada border on 18 April – and reached the Mexican border 29 days later.

They have raised a fantastic £2,500 for COPS during a ride in which they tackled 100,000ft of climbing – three times the height of Mount Everest.

The pair met at Norfolk Constabulary’s cycle club – Peelers Cycle Club – in 2008, and have since tackled a number of long-distance rides together. They have cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, all over England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and mainland Europe.

Carol retired from Norfolk Constabulary in 2015 but deferred her dream holiday of caravanning around Australia to ride with Lou on this epic adventure.

They began their epic trip at the Peach Arch at the westernmost point of the US-Canada border and cycled along the Pacific coast through the states of Washington, Oregon and California.

Along the way they saw migrating pods of whales breach close to the shoreline, as well as elephant seals, Elk, deer and even a bald eagle.

Carol and Lou met police departments along the way, notably in Coos Bay, Oregon, where a presidential style police escort greeted the rides into the town followed by interviews with the local news channel.

The triumphant riders went to San Diego police department at the end of their journey, and presented a police custodian helmet as a symbol of police unity on behalf of Norfolk Constabulary, which was accepted by Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

Lou was then sent on a 12-hour tour of duty in San Diego during the challenging visit of presidential hopeful Donald Trump, as a way of comparing policing from across the pond.

Carol and Lou would like to thank everyone who send supportive messages along the way, and especially those who donated to the COPS charity – they are the true heroes!


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