A detective inspector will join others in setting off for Paris today to raise money for charity in memory of their friend.
Brendan Murray, 36, aims to pedal more than 500km from Thame to the French capital in aid of the Jack O’Donnell Foundation which gives a financial boost to sporty children who might not otherwise be able to achieve.
Brendan and his 10 pals have been training hard for the gruelling challenge, but it will be all the more poignant as they only lost their friend Dave Eyre to cancer in July.
Brendan, who lives in Lea Park, Thame, with girlfriend Sharna, said: “Dave was the one who got us planning and training for the ride in the first place, and even when he was really ill he said he was still determined to join us.
“Sadly that wasn’t to be, and he passed away in the Florence Nightingale Hospice.”
The shock loss of their friend has made the group more determined to complete the challenge and they plan to raise £6,000 altogether.
Brendan, who works with the Thames Valley Police force, said: “We’ve given ourselves a three-day target to do it in, because we’ve got to go via the minor roads instead of the motorways!”
The group is expected to arrive in Paris on Sunday.