The Ragnar Relay Challenge: Team Reebok

T E A M πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘―βœ¨
What I loved most about the Ragnar Relay was the TEAM! 10 of us lived in two vans for over 24 hrs, taking turns to run, sleep, eat and drive until we ran 180 miles. Anytime I was struggling out on the course, I thought about my team and that spurred me on. The toughest legs were at night time, although I *secretly* love challenges that go through the night. Makes it more adventurous! We were also treated to a pretty spectacular sunrise over the sea πŸŒ… Here’s my film from the challenge. Filmed on GoPro Hero5 and Karma
If you’re part of a running club or have a group of friends up for a challenge, check this race out. Hopefully I’ll see you there next year! Thanks for an epic weekend Reebok #RagnarWhiteCliffs #TeamChallenge #OneLifeLiveIt

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

Spent yesterday in the South Downs, hiking with all the views, making dinner and apple + peanut butter s’mores over the camp fire and getting to know these lovely ladies and Whole Earth Foods. Love Autumn anywhere in the world but especially on home turf! 🍁Check out my instagram stories (@challengesophie) to see what we got up to and for ideas to enjoy the great outdoors! Happy Sunday 😘 #Autumn #OutdoorWomen #wonderfueltimes #GetOutside #GoProGirls #Partner

Hey! πŸ‘‹ Sorry I’ve not posted much recently, been working super hard behind the scenes on a project I’ve been dreaming of for 15 years!!! Next week is the first phase of my youth empowerment initiative in partnership with Youth Sport Trust πŸ’• I’m working with schools to develop confidence, courage and positive use of social media in teenage girls. This is my NORTH STAR project πŸ’« bringing so much purpose, passion and energy to my life and hasn’t even kicked off yet. I cannot wait to get stuck in!! Excited to share plans and how you can get involved, will be coming soon. I can’t quite believe this is happening! #YouthEmpowerment #Confidence #OneLifeLiveIt #NorthStar #dreamsintoplans

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

I’m so excited to introduce you to Storm, Atticus and Betsy. My heart bursts every time I see these three amazing kittens that have become part of our family! Animals have always been a huge part of my life, rescuing cats and dogs that need a home and showering them with love. These three are already so loved and bring so much love and pure joy to our lives. Literally cannot believe they are here. Trying not to pick them up and smother them with kisses every time I see them is hard! If anyone is in need of a kitten cuddle, these guys are pretty awesome ❀️
Thanks for the pics Connected States #Kittens #BestTherapyEver #Love

A ship in a harbour is safe, but that’s not what a ship was built for. Go sailing! ⛡️
This quote that has inspired so many of my decisions in life. It helps me conjure up the feeling that I need to back myself and keep moving forward when I feel frozen with fear. If you build the right platform, you can take risks and push yourself to do things you once thought were impossible
πŸ”ΉFirst, dare yourself to dream beyond the limits you currently see
πŸ”ΉSecond build confidence in small ways every day
πŸ”ΉThird, let go of everything that’s holding you back, harness the self-belief and confidence you built, and just go for it πŸ’«
#BeBold #DreamBig #ConfidenceTraining #OneLifeLiveIt

Dealing with Stress

A few weeks ago I blogged about my journey with body confidence, this is my follow up blog on dealing with the stress that led to me putting on weight! It's been such an interesting journey for me, hope sharing it is useful for you :) Big thanks to Dan Roberts Group for your care and support in helping me make these changes

GoPro Family event in Munich for Hero6 launch

Nothing quite like a weekend with my GoPro Fam to make me feel like life is pretty freakin awesome! So grateful to be part of this amazing family of adventurers, creators and badass people living life on their terms. We had so much fun at Oktoberfest! Can you tell? 😜 I filmed this with the brand new Hero6 and edited with with Quik app. Any questions about the new cameras or how to film and edit with GoPro gimme a shout guys πŸ™‹ #GoProFamily #Oktoberbest #DreamsIntoReality #OneLifeLiveIt

Oktoberfest!!! With the GoPro Family ❀️

Having so much fun in Munich hunting for urban adventures at the GoPro launch πŸš€ Always love my time with the #GoProFamily! We zip-lined over the Olympic stadium, mountain biked through this gorgeous forest and now - the grand finale - Oktoberfest!! 🍻Photo taken on the brand new #Hero6 Also launched yesterday was the 360 camera Fusion and follow me functionality on #Karma the drone. Badass!

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

Been carrying this book everywhere with me! Can't put it down. Written by my inspirational friend Henry Fraser Mouth Artist who experienced a life changing accident aged 17. His optimism and outlook on life is amazing. It's a Sunday Times best seller and a story I think we can all relate to. As someone who has sport and activity at the centre of my life, I can't imagine learning how to live without use of my body. Henry, you are incredible to turn this accident around in the way you have! Love you guys to check out his book and give him a follow ❀️ #AcceptAndAdapt

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

Oh England you beauty πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Captured at sunrise on this weekend's #RagnarWhiteCliffs challenge. Just when motivation was taking a massive slump after a sleepless night, the sun gave us energy to keep pushing on πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβœ¨ Get outside and explore the world on your doorstep! It's good to be home 😍 #OneLifeLiveIt

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

What a weekend! We barely slept in 36 hours but that didn't stop us running our hearts out over 167 miles at the Ragnar Relay with T E A M Reebok πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ™Œ
Having done many endurance challenges solo, it was amazing to share all the highs and lows, high fives and hugs, tales from the road, banter, delirious giggles over things that are only that funny because you are THAT tired, and of course, the celebrations at the finish in Brighton! πŸ…
I am hobbling today and nursing a slightly broken body, but totally buzzing from an epic weekend with these guys

#RagnarWhiteCliffs #FeelTheFloatRide #ReebokTeamUK #OneLifeLiveIt @theleanmachinesofficial @denvertronix @sophiegraceholmes @fitcetera @nat_tilly @theandrew.tracey @samhurl @tomrowleyhfm (accounts on IG)

Finish of the Ragnar Relay! Reebok Ragnar Relay

The last 20 hours have been crazy! Running 170 miles through the night along the SE coast of the UK in a relay team with 10 awesome peeps πŸƒβ€β™€οΈWe snatched an hour of sleep in this van and are now cracking into the final legs of the race! Follow along my Insta stories (@challengesophie) and on Reebok hosted by the awesome The Lean Machines πŸ‘― I can't tell you how much I'm loving the T E A M element of this challenge! πŸ™Œ Am also thinking that starting a challenge with painting support vehicles should become a thing! So fun 🚐🎨

Ragnar Relay #RagnarWhiteCliffs #FeelTheFloatRide #ReebokTeamUK

So excited to put my renewed energy and passion to work after returning home from a few weeks break in Hawaii!!! πŸ™Œ
Spending my time exploring the beautiful and diverse island of Maui, appreciating life for exactly what it is (highs and lows, light and darkness) Noticing how the simplest things bring so much pleasure. The way the water crescendos over rocks, the rustle of the palm leaves swaying in the wind, how the colour of the ocean changes when clouds cover the sun, the power of the full moon. Living my life in the best way I know how 😍
It took me a while to learn to let go, to stop, relax and let time pass without pressure. It initially brought up a whole load of stuff that was tough to deal with. But I worked my way through it and taught myself a valuable lesson; That letting go creates space for the world to work in its own way
Endlessly grateful for these moments of inspiration powered by nature ✨

#Hawaii #WaterfallWisdom #LiveYourAdventure #Gratitude

A L O H A, H a w a i i 🌸
It's my last day in Hawaii and I couldn't be more excited and ready to return home to London. But before I tell you about what this trip has meant to me, TELL ME where you are from and your fave thing about where you live. I'll pick my top three and send you a postcard from magical Maui! πŸ“ πŸŒ…βœ¨ #Hawaii #Postcard #OneLifeLiveIt

If you're looking for motivation with exercise, here are my top tips:
1. Find something you love ❀️
2. Set a challenge/goal/reason to aim for - something you really care about!
3. Buddy up - share the highs + lows πŸ‘―
4. Baby steps - keep working at it and don't beat yourself up if it's not going to plan πŸ‘Š
5. Mix it up - keep things fresh! ✨
Since being in Hawaii I've been mixing up my training with beach workouts, running, hiking and sweaty workouts FuzionFit Inc πŸ’ͺThis weekend I found out that Maui has these amazing 50m outdoor pools and they are completely FREE to use! Made me ridiculously happy to swim there. Feels like dancing when I'm swimming and it all flows πŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜
#MondayMotivation #WaterBaby #GoPro

Getting up early to watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain is top of my list of 'Things I'd Never Say No To' βœ¨πŸ™…πŸŒ„
Waking up at 3am is not easy, but I felt like a kid on Christmas morning! We drove through the jungle to Haleakala's summit - Maui's largest volcano πŸŒ‹ From sea level to 10,000 ft in an hour. Stepping out, we felt the shortness of breath and elevated heart rate you get at that altitude. Admiring a jet black sky with its blanket of glistening stars, we hiked to the best viewing spot we could find, and waited for the greatest show in the world to begin πŸ’«
"It's happening, shush" shouted a fellow sunrise chaser. Silence fell across the volcano's crater as we watched in awe. There are moments, and there are unforgettable moments. This one was the latter. And the price for this experience? $1.50
What do you love so much that you would never say no to? πŸ’™

#Sunrise #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt
PC: Michael Hannig Photography

The world is your oyster and daymn it's a mighty fine place!
Making the most of my last few days in Hawaii with all the sunsets and sunrises I can find. I love sharing Maui's magic with you! πŸ™πŸ’«πŸŒ…
Shot taken on GoProKarma on my latest #sunsetmission #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt GoPro✌️

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

Hawaii from the air 🚁 Admiring the majesty and transformational power of nature is my favourite activity here on Maui (second is eating Acai bowls 😜) Jungle, waterfalls, golden sandy beaches, black beaches, glistening ocean and volcanoes - these Hawaiian islands have so much to explore! Thank you Maverick Helicopters for the amazing helicopter ride over the Hana rainforest. Head over to instagram to check out my IG stories from the trip! You can see the summit of Haleakala poking out through the clouds in my first pic πŸŒ‹ #WeNeedNature #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt

My Struggle With Body Confidence

My mantra is "Fitness is about what your body can do, and how that makes you feel, not what it looks like" πŸ‘Š Yet it's hard to πŸ’― believe this when I also feel embarrassment and judgement about being heavier than I want to be. Pressure to aesthetically look a certain way gets in my head. My challenge is to manage the pressure coming from the outside, with staying true to myself! It's not easy, but I believe that by opening up about it, we can support each other to love and own bodies for all that they they are, and are not. Anyway, if you're interested in what I've been going through with fitness/adventure/lifestyle/stress and how I'm managing it, check out my blog on my struggle with #BodyConfidence πŸ’™(link below) #OneLifeLiveIt

You guys are amazing. Seriously. I don't know how I managed to find such an incredible group of people to share worlds with. I feel more connected to you and my mission than ever before. Thank you so, so much for your comments on my last post. I genuinely couldn't do this without you. I hope this double rainbow brings bags of good energy to your day 🌈🌈 Let's go kick some a**! πŸ™Œ

PC: Michael Hannig Photography #MondayMotivation #DoubleRainbow #OneLifeLiveIt

Hi Guys,

Wanted to send a note about my recent posts in Hawaii.

Some of you have been commenting that they are different to my usual messaging and have made you feel uncomfortable and disappointed. They are different, and I wanted to explain why I've posted them, as I never intended to create any negative feelings or disempowerment for you or me.

Body confidence is an ongoing struggle for me. Over the last year I've experienced weight gain, symptoms of stress and health problems due to the demands I place on myself, in particular, my body. I have been working so hard to try and understand what is causing my body to react this way, and how I can change it.

Fitness has always been empowering for me, because it gave me the confidence to be proud of my body. To love it and own it for what it can do, and how that makes me feel. But as much as I believe that and remind myself of it, the embarrassment (and judgement I feel) about my body is still there.

I'm working so hard and feel like I'm finally making progress, but it's there taking up space and energy in my head every day. Damn the self-critic!

When I came to Hawaii for some rest, it was at a time when I felt like the hard work is finally paying off and my confidence was better. So I shared these beach posts as a happy memory, a fleeting moment. Nothing more than that. Never in a million years did I mean for that to cause upset, or for anyone to be disappointed in me or my message.

I will always be absolutely committed to my core mission of inspiring you to live your best life and be the best version of you; building confidence and motivation in both men and women. That's why I share my whole story with you, not just the highlights.

I'm learning everyday with sharing my life on social media, and I'm genuinely sorry when I get it wrong. On this occasion, it was simply me being happy in this moment and sharing that.

I couldn't do this without you, and am so grateful for your continued support! I needed a break as I've been working relentlessly, but I'm back in London soon and can't wait to share what's coming next! Thanks as ever guys ❀️

Love Always,

Sophie X

Hiking through the bamboo forest, past a giant Banyan tree and arriving at this 60m waterfall, felt like something out of a fairy tale. That's what I've always loved about adventure; the opportunity it creates to feel like you've been transported to another world. Whether outside your front door, or a plane flight away, magical experiences are open to us all. Don't forget to pack bags of enthusiasm, an open mind and your camera!
Photo taken on GoPro Hero5 and animated using Plotagraph Pro Pictures

#GetOutside #Hawaii #OneLifeliveIt

At Christmas my Mum gave me a ring in the shape of a wave. She said "I know you love the mountains, but don't forget about the ocean". I wear that ring every day, remembering her words and visualising myself in the sunshine and ocean. It may have taken me 8 months, but I made it here. It's hard to put into words what my time on this island is doing for me, but I think coming here, giving myself this space and time to be present with everything, to let my days pass without pressure, and be true to myself, has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Funny how mums often know best πŸ’™
PC: Michael Hannig Photography

#LetHawaiiHappen #BeTrueToYou #OneLifeLiveIt

Soaking up all of Maui's magic from the roof of the island - Haleakala. The 3000m volcano who's name means "House of the Sun" What an incredible world we live in. Get out there and live your adventure! πŸŒžπŸŒ‹πŸ™ #Hawaii #SunsetSeeker #OneLifeLiveIt

Learning to trust myself, my intuition and my heart, is a lifelong journey that's led to some of my greatest experiences, but has also taken me to rock bottom. When the storm is raging so loudly that I can barely think, I can't ignore the whispers in the wind. CHOOSE COURAGE, TRUST YOUR INTUITION. I venture into the eye of the storm, knowing deep down, that this is my path. Sometimes we just have to jump and buckle up for the ride πŸ’™βœ¨
πŸ“Έ: Michael Hannig Photography

#ChooseCourage #BeStrongerThanTheStorm #WildAtHeart #OneLifeLiveIt

The Alpine Coast to Coast

3 years ago I became the only person in history to climb the highest mountains in the 8 Alpine countries, and cycle between them. An expedition I called The #AlpineCoast2Coast
Over 32 days I covered 151km by foot (climbing 4000m mountains), 1700km by bike (cycling between them) and 45,500m of ascent through Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Italy and Monaco. I watch this film and think "Was that really me? Did I actually do that?"
I'm not a seasoned alpinist or an expert cyclist, but I remember wanting to complete this challenge more than anything in the world. It proved to me the unstoppable power of self-belief and drive and that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary thingsπŸ’«Film by Timecode Pro Ltd

#SheBelievedSheCouldAndSoSheDid #DreamBig #OneLifeLiveIt #WorldFirst

Sophie's Hawaii Sunset Mission

Hawaii sunset to my left, palm trees swaying in the breeze to my right, sand under my feet, waves lapping. This is the stuff my dreams are made of. Except I am not dreaming anymore ✨
Filmed with GoPro #Hero5 and #Karma drone #MomentsToLiveFor #Hawaii #OneLifeLiveIt πŸŒ…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ

We must always leave room in life for surprises ✨
7 days ago I booked a spontaneous flight to Hawaii and landed on Maui 24 hours later. Since arriving here, it's felt right to take each day as it comes with little or no planning, leaving each day to be a surprise. Can't tell you how much I'm loving it! Such a contrast to the last few months of back-to-back everything... Each little discovery is a winner when I live like this and I'm so grateful for these days!✌️ #OneLifeLiveIt GoPro

I'm learning so much about Hawaii, about its magnetic soil and spirituality ✨
At the same time, I'm creating space and time to learn about myself. To let my energy, thoughts and emotions run freely. Every chance I get, I am opting for being kind to myself. This trip is about refilling the pot from which I have asked for so much. I'm asking the world to give me what I need rather than produce from myself what I think the world needs. Wonder if that makes sense in anyone else's head or just mine πŸ˜‹Anyhow, this sunset was pretty stunning. We were walking the dogs and for about 20 minutes the light was breathtaking. So happy to capture it and share with you πŸŒ…πŸŒΊβœŒοΈ
Taken on my Nikon #D5600

A L O H A 🌸 from Hawaii!
My first sunset here and there were 15 turtles on the beach! 🐒 I booked a ticket to Hawaii from London on Monday morning and was here Tuesday evening. ✈️ So excited to explore Maui, and hopefully the other islands too. I had a few weeks off and decided to grab this opportunity to make my dream trip happen ✨✌️ Check out my Instagram stories! Any Hawaii adventures or places I should explore... let me know! #PureHappiness #OneLifeLiveIt GoPro

A week as a Digital Nomad. Action Academy, Morzine

Imagine being able to do the work you love, on your own terms, anywhere in the world. I hope from following my journey, you'll know it's possible! My latest travel vlog and blog (link below) shares my experience as a #DigitalNomad co/working and adventuring at Action Academy If you like to work hard and play hard, this ones for you!

Reasons I love to Exercise

Here's a very sweaty, post workout video sharing the reasons I love exercising. I also wanted to talk about sweat, and how there can be a culture of embarrassment and shame around it. I have always been someone who sweats a lot and comes out red faced after a hard workout. I can sense people judging me because we seem to link sweat with fitness levels, but it's not true. I find the harder I train, the more my body sweats. Be proud of who you are and embrace it! What are your thoughts/experience with this?
Wearing Shock Absorber UK Ultimate Fly Bra - for all you ladies, this bra is light and supportive, available here from Wiggle #sp

We Girls Are Gonna Change The World πŸ’«
Don't you know it 😜 Here's to all of you (male or female) who have learnt how to empower yourselves and others. Spread the love, positive vibes and support for others. ALWAYS πŸ‘Š πŸ’• #OneLifeLiveIt

What Cycling London to Paris Did For Me

One day I will not be able to do this. Today is not that day πŸ‘Šβœ¨
On my latest blog (link below) I've shared one woman's inspiring, courageous and heart warming story of how she overcame her limiting beliefs, fears and sadness, by completing the epic challenge of cycling London to Paris in 24 hours on my annual London to Paris Sportive
It's a very special event and we have places available for 2018 if you're up for the adventure! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ‡«πŸ‡·

Welcome to British Summer! The sun has well and truly gone, but who says we can't bring our own sunshine to brighten these grey days? Another cracking sunrise swim in London's Serpentine this morning πŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§β˜€οΈ

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Happy weekend! Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a bike and that's kinda the same thing πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‹πŸ’•
Spent today cycling, filming and editing a project for GoPro Can't wait to share next week, plus a few other projects I've been working on! I'm coming to the end of an incredibly busy few months and have sometime off booked in. I'm thinking it's time to chill a bit and have fun in the ocean. Where should I go? 🌎#GoProFamily #GirlsWhoRide #LondonCycling

Tour De France with the GoPro Family

Four days at the Tour De France with GoPro condensed into 58 seconds with their brand new editing app Quik Stories πŸŽ₯
For me this app is a game changer because it captures the content directly from Hero5 and creates an edit in minutes with filters, music and transitions, whilst also selecting the best parts of each clip. Basically it does the work for you! I always go through each clip after and fiddle around until I'm happy... but pretty cool that we can edit from our phone and camera with minimal effort and time. Give it a go! #GoProFamily #CaptureDifferent #QuikStories #ILoveBeingOnTheWater 🚀

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Sunrise swimming in the heart of London 🏊 πŸŒ‡
What an incredible way to start the day! A slice of tranquility and a date with nature before the craziness of the day begins πŸ‘Œ#LondonLife #GetOutside GoPro

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Spent the weekend falling in love with Paris πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
I live in London, so when I travel I usually choose the wild and natural parts of the world, rather than cities. But this weekend in Paris was la crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨meπŸ‘ŒMy other favourite cities are Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Budapest, Amsterdam, Marrakech, New York and Guadalajara. What is your favourite city? Where should I explore next? πŸ—Ί GoPro #Paris #GoPro #OneLifeLiveIt

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Do whatever sets your soul on fire πŸ”₯
Who's got those weekend vibes? ✌️ When I first started running my own business I missed that #FridayFeeling as I was always hustling no matter what day of the week. I still do now but this weekend am taking some days off, and I can't wait! Hope you have some awesome plans for the weekend. I'm headed to Paris (again, haha!) not doing anything particularly adventurous but let's see... I'll start with some wine and cheese and see what happens βœ¨πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
Photo taken on self timer with my Nikon at sunrise on the incredibly stunning Isle of Skye in Scotland a few months back. If you've not been there, it's truly out of this world. You should go! #LoveScotland #PositiveVibes #OneLifeLiveIt

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

Swap your routine run for something more adventurous! A trail run πŸƒβ€β™€οΈwild camp ⛺️and river swim πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ is one of my fave #microadventures πŸ’– I've written a six-page feature in this month's Trail Running magazine UK with my top tips on finding local trails and camp spots, what to pack and how to execute your plan! Hope this inspires you to try something new this summer... swipe left to see some pics of the feature and please buy a copy πŸ™‹ #getoutside #LiveYourAdventure

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A ship in the harbour is safe but that's not what a ship was built for. Go sailing ⛡️
This is the quote that inspired my to quit me job and pursue my dreams. I hope it inspires you to be courageous and follow yours, whatever they may be! ✨

The energy on the Champs Elysees at the #TourDeFrance was immense! πŸš΄πŸ’¨ Thank you GoPro for another unforgettable experience. It's been so fun taking over your channel and hanging with the #GoProFamily πŸ’–Congrats Chris Froome I'm so inspired! #CanYouSpotChrisFroome #TDF2017

The finish of the Tour de France!! πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸš΄GoPro

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As far as Saturdays go... 😍Amazing day with the #GoProFamily exploring the coast of Marseille on boat! Stoked to get this shot too! Next stop, Paris for the finish of the #TourDeFrance πŸš²πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Be sure to check out my IG stories takeover on GoPro's Instagram ✨
To get this shot we used Dome for GoPro and the Hero5 in burst mode

Photos from Challenge Sophie's post

My third year at the #TourDeFrance with GoPro and they just get more fun as I get to know the crew! We cycled the last 30km of yesterday's stage in Provence with the #GoProFamily ahh these are some of my fave days. Thank you life! Head over to GoPro's account to check out my IG stories takeover πŸ’™πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ™

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I could stare at these colours forever... but gotta get on ma bike! πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ
I'm at the #TourdeFrance gearing up to ride today's stage ahead of the riders. I'm so excited to be here and taking over GoPro's Instagram Stories for the next few days! Head to their account to follow my experience at the Tour πŸ‡«πŸ‡·#TDF2017 #GoProFamily #OneLifeLiveIt

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