Thugs attacking Irish charity cyclist chased away by locals
Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30
An Ireland fan who cycled over 600km to Euro 2016 for charity was beaten up and almost had his bike stolen shortly after he arrived in Paris.
Alan Maxwell was saved by a group of local women who came to his aid after he was set upon by two thugs in Paris.
The 34-year-old from Dubliner decided to take on the cycle challenge after his father Michael was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Over the last number of months, he raised more than €5,000 for two cancer charities - Breast Cancer Ireland and ARC cancer support.
On June 9, he set out from Dublin and he arrived in Paris on Monday, June 13 - the day Ireland took on Sweden in the Stade de France.
But he explained that his arrival in the French capital was marred by a nasty attack.
"When I arrived in Paris, two lads jumped me at the Gare du Nord and tried to rob my bike off me, after all that.
"I was cycling along, smiley, I'd had a few beers on the train. Next of all, a punch in the side of the face."
Alan explained that his attackers fled empty-handed after a group of local women came to his aid.
"The locals who were running the market stalls around there all came flooding to save me. They grabbed my bike for me. Another lad came running up behind and said 'Hey man, you dropped your phone'.
"It had fallen out of my pocket when I was getting kicked on the ground.
"I cycled all that distance and that was the reward that I got."
He now plans to fly home.