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The Alps Challenge - From England to Switzerland

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-06-07 - The Alps Challenge team have reached Switzerland on schedule despite some technical difficulties with the 1932 trike and inclement weather - Disabled Motoring UK.

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The Alps Challenge team have reached Switzerland on schedule...

The Alps Challenge team have reached Switzerland on schedule, despite some technical difficulties with the 1932 trike and inclement weather which has left chief driver Dan McIntyre often soaked to the skin.

Once the trike had safely reached London from Disabled Motoring UK HQ in Norfolk, Children's TV presenter Ade Adepitan got the challenge underway, piloting the trike away from Queen's House, Greenwich following some running repairs to an overheated clutch and a puncture sustained in training.

Once out of London, the team made excellent progress south, across the channel, arriving safely in France by nightfall. The team then picked up Denny's original route and spent the night in Dieppe amid D-Day festivities.

Sunday morning dawned grey and damp, leaving Dan to soak up the French atmosphere, in more ways than he anticipated. Following a brief tour of Dieppe, the team headed into the rain, to Gisor a small town, just north of Paris. Gisor's one-way system ensured that the trike was given a thorough tour of the town before embarking on the trip to Paris.

Once in the City of Lights, the team had to negotiate the legendary traffic before meeting up with Denny's son Simon, who has made the city his home and who was seeing the trike again for the first time in 30 years.

Photograph of Dan McIntyre on the trike under the Eiffel Tower
About This Image: Photograph of Dan McIntyre on the trike under the Eiffel Tower
With a member of the Denly clan on board, the team stopped briefly at the Eiffel Tower. Denny famously picnicked under the Tower back in 1947 and the team were only too eager to once again sample the gastronomic delights of France under its most famous landmark.

The team then left Paris for a brief overnight stay in Chaumont before crossing the Swiss border, where they will meet up with motor-racing star Nicolas Hamilton and cross the Alps.

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