Tips on protecting yourself from the Sun

As promised, on this website, we won’t just be giving you updates from the Tour. We’re also going to be posting many useful tips to stay healthy and reduce your risk of having cancer. (Did you know that in the UK one in three of us will have cancer at some point in life ?). This month, as it is officially summer, we will be focusing on ways to protect yourself from the sun.

We all like a bit of sunbathing and what with the weather getting grayer, when  the Sun does show its’ face all we really want to do is spread out and bathe in its rays for hours on end as if we were cold blooded. But that’s when the Sun is most dangerous ! Sunlight is good for you and even necessary to life AS LONG AS you enjoy it wisely. Here are a few precious tips that will allow you to do just that.

1 – Go steady

You may have noticed that you are more prone to sunburn in the first days of your holiday. That’s normal: skin gets used to the Sun. Therefore, on the first days, you should not expose yourself more than 10 minutes a day, most especially if you have rather fair skin. Also, avoid direct sunlight during peak UV risk which is from 11am to 3pm in the UK and from midday to 4pm in France. By doing this, you will acquire a longer lasting glow, even if it takes more time to appear.

SLIP, SLAP, SLOP! 2 – Wear protection

Even when  your skin will have developed a tan, you should still protect it. You should wear sun cream with an SPF that is adapted to your skin tone, but most especially you should complete the protection with sunglasses, a hat and even a tee-shirt. These are by far the most effective ways of protecting yourself from the Sun because cream is easily rubbed off or diluted by water or sweat.

3 – Especially kids !

Whatever their skin tone is, kids are a lot more vulnerable to the Suns’ rays. Indeed, before the age of 15, our cells are not able to defend themselves as well as when we are adults. Therefore,  sunburn which, already, is dangerous for adults, is even more so to children, and increases their risk of developing melanoma. As Max the Mouse, our kids club mascot, would put it : SLIP, SLAP, SLOP. What does that mean ?! Slip on a tee-shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some suncream ! Babies, as for them, should never be exposed to the Sun.

4 – Beware of the conditions

All light or reflective surfaces (water, sand, snow, and even cement) reflect the Suns’ rays which means on the one hand, that you are even more exposed to the dangers of the Sun in these conditions and, on the other hand, that at the beach, you are exposed even if you are under a parasol. Also, altitude duplicates UV risk. And whatever you do, don’t let yourself be fooled by a cloudy sky or windy conditions : they don’t protect you from UV rays, you must protect yourself as much as if you were sweltering under a blue sky.

Every child that is born in the UK today has a 1 in 55 risk of developing skin cancer over his lifetime. That is huge. And this figure has been getting worse since the 70s and still is right now. The main cause is unreasonable exposure to the Sun. So this summer, please make the Sun safe. Thank you.


Cancer research UK

Our aim this year is to raise 20 000€ for cancer research in France and the UK. But let’s look a little closer at where the money from your generosity will be going.

Cancer research has been going since 1902 and has been responsible for many major breakthroughs in cancer research and medication. Indead, cancer research UK funds half of  cancer research in the UK.

Cancer research UK

But research isn’t all Cancer research UK does. They also have a whole team of doctors and nurses to support and help sufferers through their disease. And they also do a lot for prevention, and were instrumental in leading the way to national screening programs which save thousands of lives each year.

And they do this without any governments funding, because they are a charity. They rely solely on the generosity of their supporters, and with 89% of donations being of £10 or less, they need to inspire millions of people to donate each year. That’s why we’re helping them out. Please do too.

Cancer research UK’s ambition is to bring forward the day where all cancers can be cured. And there is real hope. Idead, in the words of Cancer research UK’s CEO : ““We’re living in a golden age for cancer research. Our understanding of the disease is increasing at a faster pace than ever before, and more people are surviving thanks to the work we do. However, our scientific ambitions are being limited by our ability to fundraise at the level we are striving for.” So please help.

Thank you.

Learn more here.

Interview with Chris : motivations

Pedaling all around France in the heat of summer didn’t strike us as something one would just do to kill time. So we interviewed Chris to learn a bit more about what is pushing him on, as he completes the various stages of the Tour. And what we got is a touching story that shows just how important cancer research really is.

We asked Chris where his motivation stemmed from, and here is what he answered :

“ In 2009, I rode from London to Paris for charity, with a very close friend. Later on, in 2011, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

ChrisThanks to cancer research, she was able to benefit from cutting edge laser surgery. And that’s the reason she is still alive today. Organisations such as Cancer Research UK and la Ligue contre le Cancer really change sufferers’ lives, most especially by allowing them to enjoy life for as long as possible. And that changes their relatives’ lives too.

Both my personal experience, and that of friends and colleagues led me to understand that cancer is everywhere. Everyone is affected, either directly or indirectly.

After my London to Paris charity ride, siblu colleagues challenged me to do a sponsored Tour de France. That’s when, as if self-evident, the idea of a “Tour de siblu” in aid of cancer research came to my mind. And the response was just enormous. So as long as I have air to breathe, I will continue to do it! ”

The work carried out by organisations such as Cancer Research UK and La Ligue contre le Cancer really makes a difference to the lives of a growing number of people. Let’s do our best to support them.

See for yourself how much siblu supports Chris and the Tour here.

We will be posting a more detailed article about these organisations  very soon, so make sure to stay connected (you can do that by liking our Facebook page).

The Tour de Siblu 2013 has started!

The Tour de Siblu has kicked off to a great start!

This weekend was the first leg of the 2013 Siblu Tour in Charente Maritime. Teams and guests of Bonne Anse Plage, Les Charmettes and La Pignade have already raised 2000€ (approx. £1 710) against only 1700€ (approx. £1 454) at the same stage last year.

Congratulations to all participants and a huge thank you to everyone.


A little History of the Tour de Siblu

Although this year, Siblu wishes to give a new dimension to the project, the Siblu Tour is nothing new.

It all started in 2011, as an initiative of Chris Dunscombe who has been working for siblu for over four years. The first edition of the Tour which kicked off in Spring 2011 raised 8000€ (approx. £6 850) for research against Cancer.

The first ever start of the Tour, in 2011.

The first ever start of the Tour, in 2011.

The year after that, Chris geared up and got on his bike for good cause again. That year, the Tour was an even better success as he raised 13 000€ (approx. £11 120) for Cancer research.

This year, we’re aiming to raise a whopping 20 000€ (approx. £17 110) and we’re really upping our game and doing our very best for this worthy cause! But we can’t achieve this without you. Please support us by giving for Cancer research.