A Bit of Background -

Robert Imlach is one of the team of four that own and run Liberty Fields, a 12 acre farm in Halstock, Dorset, with 1,500 heritage apple trees producing Apple Balsamic Vinegar, Apple Aperitif and Apple Syrup. Our vet, Sarah Girling, had told us about Robert and Martin (Roberts brother-in-law) and their plan to ride the complete route of the 2014 Tour de France in aid of charity, a mere 2185 miles!

Sarah, who specialises in the fitness and veterinary care of  endurance horses, had been helping the lads with both nutritional and sports fitness advice, and asked us if we would contribute some of our massage and tendon lotions to help the guys' legs recover from the strain of cycling around 235kms each day!  We were happy to provide them with a supply of our Muscle Magic and TLC products which have been used so successfully on sports horses of all disciplines. So glad to hear the products are helping the lads, what a fantastic achievement, keep up the good work and best of luck for the remainder of the Tour.

Here is an extract from the Freedom Fields Tour de France blog.

Stage 7: Epernay to Nancy (234.5 kms)

A very long but much more enjoyable day today, cycling through the orchards of Alsace - apples, pears, and cherries- and up the Mosel river. Vicky asked if I was bird-watching as I go along, (I am raising money for the RSPB, after all), and today I saw a pair of herons and lots of finches feeding in the maize fields. After a really heavy downpour in the first hour of the ride, (nearly called the back-up van for more layers), the weather improved quickly and this afternoon it was warm and sunny.  Makes so much difference to the experience.

We cycled through Verdun, site of one of the longest and costliest battles in WWI, and past the war cemetaries with their huge areas of memorial crosses.

We must say a huge thank you to Andy and Rachel, our back-up team for this week. They are doing a brilliant job keeping us going with regular food and drink stops and invaluable encouragement and support. Hang on in there - back-up Team B are flying to France on Sunday!

While I'm thanking people, thanks to Hilton Herbs for their TLC and Muscle Magic potions - I am converted to both for restoring over-worked leg muscles. Thanks to Sarah Girling for telling me about them!

Martin has just pointed out that we are now a third of the way to Paris. There have been several times when I thought I wouldn't be able to make it to the end of a day, so it's great to have got this far.

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