A London to Bordeaux six day cycling challenge is set to raise money for the Furniture Makers’ charity.

The 470 mile ride starts outside the Guildhall, London on Sunday September 11, headed up by Senior Warden and the Furniture Makers’ Company 2016 Master Ben Burbidge. With stops along the way for the best French food and wine, the peloton is due to arrive in Bordeaux on Friday September 16.

The tour has been designed for up to 50 cyclists committed to raising a minimum of £1,000 each for The Furniture Makers’ Company which is the British furnishing industry’s charity. It supports the education of students by nurturing skills and expertise, provides help to those in need and champions excellence.

Said Ben: “This is a challenging bike ride which will see cyclists averaging around 78 miles a day. It’s a great opportunity to support the valuable work done by the charity as well as having fun and boosting health and fitness.

“We hope to be waved off from the City of London by the lord mayor and pedal into Bordeaux to a civic reception in the wine growing capital of France having enjoyed a six day escapade in the saddle. Our route covers undulating lanes and quiet cycleways making the most of some of the best bike routes in the south of England, North West and mid France.”

“There are still a few places left on the ride and for anyone looking for a personal challenge for 2016, this is a perfect fit. I can’t wait for a two-wheeled adventure to remember.”

The ride has been organised in conjunction with Saddle Skedaddle, a specialist cycling company, and costs £1,300 per person covering six nights’ accommodation, food and refreshments and bike transportation back to the UK.

For more details and to book a place contact Amy Gibson at The Furniture Makers’ Company ([email protected], tel 020 4562 8567) or visit

Join fellow enthusiasts on the London to Bordeaux bike ride in aid of the furnishings industry's only charity Ben Burbidge Furniture Makers Company Master Elect invites cyclers to join him raising money for the furnishings industry charity