People have various reasons for participating. For me, it’s the combination of everything: the team, training, charity and the tour. I mean, is there some other way to get to know 50 people you otherwise might not meet at all, train and work together for a greater good and eventually take a week just for cycling with them? I also wanted to try out road cycling in a team. I have done a fair share of mountain biking over the years, but road cycling is a completely new thing for me.
And yes, it would be easier and cheaper to fly to Paris. The tour will take a week and we are paying all our expenses ourselves. Every cent of the sponsor money goes to charity causes.