Tour de FairTunes



Read their blog!………”The road will be long, there will be hills, we will get lost, our bikes will breakdown…but we will eventually get to the Mediterranean for a dip in the sea (fingers crossed).” So said Robbie Jacobs one of the four cyclists who et off across France to raise money for FairTunes.

On 9 June 2012 James Harper, Ben Monteagle, Sam Gerstein and Robbie Jacobs set off on a massive 700 mile cycling challange. The team cycled from Normandy to Bezier a total of almost 700 miles over the course of 11 days to raise cash for our latest FairTunes projects.


Already expert cyclists who have completed their fair share of cycling challenges in the past the team was brought together by James Harper, also known as promoter of the amazing Reggae Roast events. Last year Jim cycled over 1000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats. “It was an amazing trip and the most amazing way to see this beautiful country we live in,” he said.

“Cycling across France was something that I had dreamt about for nearly 10 years,” adds Ben. “The thrill and challenge of riding across France wasappealing due to the beauty of the country, the contrasting landscapes, Frances quality roads and their respect for cyclists.”

From Sam’s point of view it’s all about the experience, “For me it was about getting myself across France on my trusty racer, with one or two  modifications – seeing the country unfold from north to south at a bikes pace – and raising some money with a good group of friends for a worthwhile charity in the process.”

“I currently ride my Specialized Secteur  around London most days and have undertaken several day long rides including London to Brighton on a couple of occasions. I’m not a fitness fanatic however and I enjoyed the physical challenge and test this trip will offer,” explains Ben.


All four cyclists are motivated by the work FairTunes does – harnessing the power of music to make a difference.

“As I work in the music industry myself it is a charity close to my heart,” says Jim.

“I was proud to be cycling for such a worthy charity as FairTunes because it provides tangible skills to underprivileged areas, which can be shared through the splendour  of music,” adds Ben.

Want to support team FairTunes in their challenge? We appreciate your support – big or small it makes a difference. You can also donate via mobile text FAIR23 £1 (or more) to 70070.