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13th May, 2019

Helen’s Charity Cycle – Milan to Venice

HAW Italy Cycle

Head of Employment, Helen Watson is taking part in Women V Cancer’s charity cycle from Milan to Venice in aid of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Ovarian Cancer Action and Breast Cancer Care. The cycle will take three days and cover 350 kilometers through Northern Italy.

Helen has completed a number of Women v Cancer cycle challenges all over the world and the generosity of friends and colleagues has helped her to raise around £30,000 so far. This year Helen is looking to break the £5k barrier for this event, if you would like to help her reach this goal please visit her JustGiving page at

We will be posting updates from Helen below.

Day 1 – 9th May
UK to Milan

The start of the adventure! Today I flew from the UK to Milan, Italy. I met up with the lovely team from Women V Cancer and checked into the hotel to get some rest and prepare for the challenge ahead. The weather for the first day of the cycle looks to be fine but there are thunderstorms forecast for the weekend so things could get a little bit more challenging!

Day 2 – 10th May
Milan to Brescia | approx. 120km

This morning I met with the rest of the ladies with whom I would be sharing this adventure. After breakfast and a challenge briefing at the hotel we transferred to the outskirts of the city to pick up our bikes and hit the road.
We left Milan through the suburbs and headed towards the beautiful hills of Northern Italy through smaller towns such as Treviglio. We stopped for lunch before carrying on our way past the picturesque Lake Iseo and on to the nearby city of Brescia where we will stay for the night. Brescia is a modern city with a beautiful, historic centre, featuring the San Salvator Basilica, a former monastery. The city was originally founded 3,200 years ago and was an important pre-Roman regional centre.

Day 3 – 11th May
Brescia to Verona | approx. 105km

Today, we were treated to unbelievably gorgeous scenery as we cycled east through the hills on the southern edge of the Dolomites to Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. After stopping for lunch nearby, we continued along the southern shore of the lake to our hotel in Verona, a city of extraordinary beauty, which was also the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Day 4 – 12th May
Verona to Mestre | approx. 135km

This morning we left Verona and spent our last day of the challenge cycling through a National Park and its rolling hills in thunder and pouring rain all day! After 11 hours on the road, of which just over 8 were spent in the saddle, we approached the metropolis of Venice and completed our ride at Mestre, part of mainland Venice on the North Western shore of the Adriatic Sea. This evening we all gathered for dinner to congratulate each other for such a fantastic achievement and now I’m off to bed for a well earned rest!

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