• Mark Bailie

    Cycling Experience:

    A tale of persistence over talent - but the laws of physics are true, built to be a valley workhorse not a mountain goat.

    Biggest Fear:

    Rain on a descent - just a little bit scared.

    Reason For Doing This:

    A mixture, Nick Ransley shaming me into it at last year's dinner and the diagnosis of my Saturday morning cycling partner who is fighting hard but chemo clearly hurts a lot.

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  • Grant Hunter

    Cycling Experience:

    When I was a lot, lot younger I rode from Lands End to John O'Groats for the British Heart Foundation.

    Biggest Fear:

    All of it, I imagine.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I've been tricked into Le Cure by my good friend Mr Ed Booty. Ed said it was just a little ride in France for charity. I had visions of sipping rose whilst free-wheeling through the French countryside. It, however, would appear that it's a tad more serious than initially anticipated. My only solace is that Mr Booty will share in my suffering. But I'm more than delighted to be joining the Curistas to raise money for this very worthy cause.


  • Amanda Bridgewater

    Cycling Experience:

    Limited in the last two years… previously rode between the UK’s ‘Three Peaks’, toured the Caraterra Austral in Chile and have climbed a few mountain like Alp D’Huez and Ventoux. Better at the downhills than the up… but still fairly pedestrian. Hoping a speedy bike will help the cause.

    Biggest Fear:

    Cancer.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Because I’ve been badgering for Le Cure to be in the school holidays since the outset and now have to be good to my word! Any fundraising for research into cancer is worthwhile and I need the challenge to get fit again.

    Donate to Amanda Bridgewater
  • Hugh Bevan

    Cycling Experience:

    I'm a novice middle-aged biker who followed in the wake of his son up Alpe d'Huez just before my cancer diagnosis.

    Biggest Fear:

    That I will run out of breath and be unable to laugh and enjoy the trip.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Because I can (I hope!) and that is largely down to my treatment at the Marsden.

    Donate to Hugh Bevan
  • Fiona Sanderson

    Cycling Experience:

    Until 30th April I had only ever cycled to the shops and home from the pub.

    Biggest Fear:

    That 4 months will not be (nearly) long enough to prepare for this.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I have enjoyed being part of the Cure family from the very beginning and this year I want to do it properly. The Prof and so many individual curistas have been an inspiration. (Of course the actual reason is that the Saab really won’t make it round this time!)

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  • Ed Booty

    Cycling Experience:

    Very limited, but enough to conclude that it hurts and I’m not very good at it.

    Biggest Fear:

    The cycling.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Obligation. I accidentally signed up in a moment of weakness; overcome by a combination of middle-aged delusion, peer pressure and alcohol.

    Donate to Ed Booty
  • Chets Modi

    Cycling Experience:

    No cycling experience so this really will be a challenge!

    Biggest Fear:

    Chafing!!

    Reason For Doing This:

    Being part of the support crew last year, I was inspired by the Curistas!! Great cause, great people and great fun...whats not to love?

    Donate to Chets Modi
  • Aimee Parnell

    Cycling Experience:

    Rescued T-rusty Beast (pictured) out of a 14 year retirement last autumn. Realised that she wasn't going to get me up and down the Alps (she’s no mountain goat) so graduated to a shiny new road bike three months ago. Like to stand with aforementioned shiny new bike improving my cycling tan wearing cycling socks to match my bike colour scheme. I feel I have done all the necessary prep!

    Biggest Fear:

    Cleats. Uphill. Downhill.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Inspired by the story behind Le Cure and in awe of every Curista. Gratitude to the Prof and the team at The Marsden for treating my mother successfully a decade ago.

    Donate to Aimee Parnell
  • Gavin Williams

    Cycling Experience:

    Been to Mallorca a couple of time and love Cap Formentor.

    Biggest Fear:

    Bonking halfway on day 1 and not being able to continue.

    Reason For Doing This:

    It's a very good cause... everyone has been touched by cancer. And pushing ourselves through something genuinely difficult in order to justify and deserve the sponsorship.

    Donate to Gavin Williams
  • Ben Holden

    Cycling Experience:

    Inspired by my brother in law's battle with cancer to take up cycling in 2011 in order to ride Land's End to John O'Groat's to fundraise. Since then have walked the fine line between cycling enthusiast and addict. Have been fortunate to have had some great riding adventures in Europe, South Africa, California and most recently, Mount Fuji!

    Biggest Fear:

    Descending – would happily go up twice if it meant I didn't have to come down!

    Reason For Doing This:

    Inspired by Debbie and keen to do my part to help cure this disease.

    Donate to Ben Holden
  • Steve Chester

    Cycling Experience:

    Limited - largely tucked in behind my domestique another Curista, Mark Harrison.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being marooned part way up the mountain!

    Reason For Doing This:

    Several of my family and close friends have been diagnosed with the "big C" and been cured, others not so fortunate - I want to improve that ratio.

    Donate to Steve Chester
  • Paul Sutcliffe

    Cycling Experience:

    Lots of dabbling since I bought a Condor road bike on a whim many years ago. And I pedal up Denmark Hill (0.5 km at 3.4%) in South London most days on my commute home. Current best time is ranked 658th on Strava KOM ranking so I really can’t see anything on the le Cure route giving me any serious problems.

    Biggest Fear:

    That there may be hills in the Alps that are a little more challenging than Denmark Hill.

    Reason For Doing This:

    It’s a great cause fighting something that has affected too many people close to me. And the lure of the mountains and the challenge of doing long rides for the first time…

    Donate to Paul Sutcliffe
  • Andrew Wass

    Cycling Experience:

    Commuting from Battersea to the City for 12 years.

    Biggest Fear:

    Failure.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Fun(?), great cause, challenge, mid-life crisis, promised Marianne I would.

    Donate to Andrew Wass
  • Charlotte Wolfenden

    Cycling Experience:

    Spinning fanatic…in terms of riding a proper bike, I did the London to Brighton last year (on pretty much the equivalent of a Boris Bike!) and am getting to grips with my first road bike! Only really been cycling for a year but slowly but surely getting addicted.

    Biggest Fear:

    Dan Shute’s beard. That aside, I fear that everyone will have to wait for me at the top of all the hills! Oh, and downhills scare me. You’ll witness some comedy screaming.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Because it’s too late to back out, right?!

    Donate to Charlotte Wolfenden
  • Etta Bevan

    Cycling Experience:

    Biking holidays around the vineyards of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Provence. There is a theme here.

    Biggest Fear:

    Quality of the wine.

    Reason For Doing This:

    My husband (who is also riding) is being treated at the Marsden.

    Donate to Etta Bevan
  • M. Brett Belinksy

    Cycling Experience:

    A special spirit was ignited when Greg Le Mond beat Laurent Fignon in the 1989 race of truth in Paris, to my first Columbus tubed machine, then the dream of Ernesto Colognago to my latest affair with Edouardo Bianchi.

    Biggest Fear:

    Wind on the nose, closely followed by those bloody cols that drive pain relentlessly skywards as well as those huge spikes at the centre of the uphill hairpin.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Inspired by every survivor, my late grandmother, father, his sister and all my special family and friends who lost their battle bravely fought against cancer.

    Donate to M. Brett Belinksy
  • Peter Tunney

    Cycling Experience:

    LEJOG and being overtaken by two guys on Brompton folding bikes. London to Brighton and being overtaken on Ditchling Beacon by cyclist displaying "Ditchling Beacon is for Girls" on back of his shirt.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being overtaken by Henry (no offence Henry but just read your highlights from last year!)

    Reason For Doing This:

    Having some fun doing some good and you seem a great bunch to do this with.

    Donate to Peter Tunney
  • Neil Halliday

    Cycling Experience:

    I've been biking into London year round since 2012 and enjoy (mostly) every minute of it. Last September I rode with a bunch of friends for our 30th university reunion from Portland, Maine to Burlington, Vermont sampling IPAs along the way.

    Biggest Fear:

    Bad weather - on the third and final day of the ride (through Smuggler's Notch with a long 20% incline) the weather turned and only three of us made it over and down in cold heavy rain. The first and second day had been glorious sunshine.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Bigger mountains! For a good cause and in hope of much merriment.

    Donate to Neil Halliday
  • Kiera O’Neill

    Cycling Experience:

    There's no better way to see the world then by bicycle; however life has intervened and I spend more time at my desk then on my bike.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being cold.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Kate Pearson, who isn't riding this year.

    Donate to Kiera O’Neill
  • Ed Long

    Cycling Experience:

    Limited, started road cycling this year, but I have been lucky enough to have many bikes through the years as growing up in Coventry they got nicked every 4-6 months.

    Biggest Fear:

    'Rage au Volant', English caravan drivers and the uphill bits.

    Reason For Doing This:

    A couple of years ago none of my immediate family had cancer, since then all hell has broken loose. Cancer is bollocks.

    Donate to Ed Long
  • Marco Tinnirello

    Cycling Experience:

    Commuting through north London. When not raining. Or too cold. Seriously, that's it.

    Biggest Fear:

    That the odd 40 minutes training session on a spinning bike isn't going to cut it as preparation for this.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Because with scientific research and medicine development come great things. And because it's a chance to do some good, and we don't do nearly enough of that in life. Remember that when hitting the donate button...

    Donate to Marco Tinnirello
  • Dean Gilmore

    Cycling Experience:

    Lifelong hobbyist. Amount of cycling flexes to match the calorie intake from wine and food to minimise the shaming of the annual company medical.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being overtaken on hills by old, overweight Frenchmen puffing on Gauloises.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Chance meeting with Manny and Xabier in our local pub in Richmond. Love the way the funds raised directly impact research.

    Donate to Dean Gilmore
  • Jason Rawkins

    Cycling Experience:

    Finding novel way to stop traffic - tripping with bike coming out of hedge on Toys Hill after call of nature, and ending up in heap in middle of road.

    Biggest Fear:

    Having to wear bright pink suit and tie at work for a week if colleagues raise enough money.

    Reason For Doing This:

    To cheer everyone on and hand out the drinks (I did tick the spectator category, didn’t I?) My dad died of cancer, and the Prof has inspired me to take on this crazy challenge.

    Donate to Jason Rawkins
  • Miles Parnell

    Cycling Experience:

    Lots on and off but increasingly realising that simply lusting after impractical bikes I can't afford is not great preparation for tackling multiple alpine climbs over 4 days!

    Biggest Fear:

    Being overtaken by my sister Aimee who only started cycling a few months ago - I will not hear the end of it!

    Reason For Doing This:

    Eternally grateful to the Marsden for their treatment for my mother. A fantastic challenge with fantastic people for a fantastic cause.

    Donate to Miles Parnell
  • Richard Viney

    Cycling Experience:

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… or at least that’s what it seems like when I get on my bike nowadays.

    Biggest Fear:

    Gravity. Not the film.

    Reason For Doing This:

    “Because it’s there … Its existence is a challenge. The answer is instinctive, a part, I suppose, of man’s desire to conquer the universe.” Someone else’s words but as good a reason for undertaking any challenge as there has ever been.

    Donate to Richard Viney
  • Robin McAlpine

    Cycling Experience:

    One London-Brighton where I was beaten by both the Beacon and some chap on a Grifter.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being left behind! Or disappearing off the side of a mountain….and then being left behind.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Reason for doing this – an inability to decline worthy-sounding “challenges” after a few beers.

    Donate to Robin McAlpine
  • Stewart Robertson

    Cycling Experience:

    Used to ride my bike when I delivered newspapers growing up in Toronto 40 years ago. Not much since.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being the last rider in each day.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I love the mountains and the challenge and it is a great cause with a fun group.

    Donate to Stewart Robertson
  • Ingo Hofmaier

    Cycling Experience:

    Going downhill, which is a shame.

    Biggest Fear:

    Having seen all movies on a long distance flight.

    Reason For Doing This:

    In memory of Mo Jaijee who received wonderful treatment at the Royal Marsden.

    Donate to Ingo Hofmaier
  • Bruce Paterson

    Cycling Experience:

    Previously completed 3 charity rides each over three and half days - most memorable Bilboa to Madrid and stage one of the 2014 Le Tour in Yorkshire - Butterhubs!!

    Biggest Fear:

    Cold baths at the end of the day.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Camaraderie and cause.

    Donate to Bruce Paterson