• Tom Beard

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Drinking beer, in the sun, at the top of Alpe d’Huez, being very impressed with how a group, the majority of whom had bought their bikes earlier in the year, had managed to get up some of the toughest climbs from the Tour de France…….that and Mary Pert telling me she didn’t want the rest of her steak and I could have the rest of it!

    Toughest Moment:

    David Sanderson telling me that at the current gradient and rate of ascent we still had another hour of climbing up Col d’Izoard.

    Top Tip

    Sit next to Mary Pert at dinner and don’t cycle next to David Sanderson on the ascents!


  • Michael Tomlins

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Getting to the top of Col d’Izoard with more Haribo in my blood than red blood cells….

    Toughest Moment:

    Discovering on day 2 that there would not be a three course sit down meal each day for lunch.

    Top Tip

    The back of the peloton is where the cool kidz are!

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  • John Brunner

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Le Cure 2014 was simply epic. Originally I was going to have to miss Day 4 due to work commitments, but after an incredible day on the Col d’Izoard with Mark Shearer, we were inspired to drag ourselves out of bed early and “do” the Galibier with Mark before the main peloton. Mark, you are a legend. Summiting on the Galibier as the sun rose was simply incredible and the Prof’s educational talks were inspiring to us all!

    Toughest Moment:

    Being back in London that night missing out on Alpe d’Huez was the toughest part.

    Top Tip

    Enjoy every moment, even the painful ones; the beer at the end is so worth it.

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  • Mike Gowar

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Chalet Reynard – the first time I believed I might be able to finish this.

    Toughest Moment:

    All the way up Col d’Izoard….hate that mountain!

    Top Tip

    Plenty of chamois cream, but application to be done alone.


  • Joubin Moghaddam

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Out of energy at the top of Alpe D’Huez, submitting with dignity to the realisation that unclipping was beyond my capability and toppling on the finish line – much to the amusement of a packed bar. The honour of receiving the polka dot cap, and the even greater honour of being labelled Le Cure‘s Mountain Goat.

    Toughest Moment:

    Already struggling after Virage numero un of vingt-et-un on Alpe d’Huez, the realisation that Virages 13, 14 and 15 didn’t count as Virages nearly broke me.

    Top Tip

    However bad you feel, look up and enjoy the views along the way. Oh, and don’t rely on Gary’s navigation skills (although admittedly Gary’s alternative route through cobbled, Alpine villages is very scenic).

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  • James Sullivan

    Le Cure Highlight:

    40 metres from the top of the Izoard. Sunshine. Hairpins. Food tables.

    Toughest Moment:

    The Galibier. What’s with the lack of air? How are you supposed to get your jam sandwiches down when you can’t breathe at 2600 metres? Oh, and I couldn’t feel my hands, arms or feet on the way down. Not ideal for braking.

    Top Tip

    Flapjacks. Iced donuts. Tough call which. On balance, go flapjacks.

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  • Mark Shearer

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Alp D’Huez’s last turn.

    Toughest Moment:

    Sitting on the saddle on Day 4 having not used any chamois cream!

    Top Tip

    Don’t believe a thing Paddy K tells you about his lack of training. And don’t judge a man who rocks up on a commuter bike.

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  • Andrew Gibson

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The Prof’s speech after Izoard.

    Toughest Moment:

    Sincerely asking my dead grandparents for help on Izoard.

    Top Tip

    Pile yourself full of as much processed glucose as possible.


  • Julian Post

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Some think Poots is the greatest cycling talent amongst the 2014 Curistas and was desperately unlucky to go down with a chest infection at the end of Day 3. He is tipped by some (well, one) to take the King of the Mountains cap at Le Cure 2015.

    Toughest Moment:

    The cycle from Briancon to Serre Chevalier.

    Top Tip

    Learn to embrace misery.

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  • David Sanderson

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The weather.

    Toughest Moment:

    The last 500m of the Col du Galibier.

    Top Tip

    Ignore any sneering from super skinny bike shop geeks and insist they fit your road bike with lower gears (& bonus training tip: commute daily by bike).

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  • Kevin Cozens

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Reaching the top of Col de l’Iseran.

    Toughest Moment:

    Getting to the top of Col de l’Iseran.

    Top Tip

    It’s not a race, don’t be afraid to take a break… and maybe change your rear cassette to an easier gear ratio.

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  • Tony Butler

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Seeing David Sanderson cycle into a ditch.

    Toughest Moment:

    Not following David into said ditch, I was laughing so much.

    Top Tip

    Lager and chocolate milk do not mix.

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  • Nick Faure Walker

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Starting the Ventoux downhill. Unofficial high point was catching up with old mates on a very cool trip.

    Toughest Moment:

    Toughest moment was realising that all of Alpe d’Huez hairpins were as steep as the first 4. Rumours of the gradient easing off were lies.

    Top Tip

    Whatever George Long does to maintain effortless fitness.

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  • Paddy Kerr

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The dawning realisation that Ventoux was surmountable; and the beers on Alp d’Huez!

    Toughest Moment:

    The dawning realisation that Ventoux was surmountable; and the beers on Alp d’Huez!

    Top Tip

    Keep the water bottles full during the day. Keep the pint glasses full at night.

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  • George Long

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The cold beer at the top of Col d’Izoard.

    Toughest Moment:

    The disappointment of not being able to cycle up the Alpe a 2nd time at 3am because the hotel had locked up our bikes.

    Top Tip

    Sign up for next year!

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  • Iain Steane

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Conquering the peaks trying to take in the views without staring at the tarmac in front of me, and covering all the kms but at the expense of the knees.

    Toughest Moment:

    The long drag on the lower slopes of the Izoard which is isn't steep but one of those inclines which drain the soul and legs.

    Top Tip

    When up Alpe D'Huez and attempting doing a 180 turn after 4-5 beers remember to change down gears and hope that the chain stays on before a 'comedy fall' happens.

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  • Scott Reynolds

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Support, camaraderie and general all round banter from fellow Curistas.

    Toughest Moment:

    Finding the energy to fix puncture number 4 on the second day’s ride.

    Top Tip

    Get your head down and grind it out.

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  • Mary Pert

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Hard to pick just one but it would have to be on the fourth day when I was the last one up Alpe D-Huez, I had some way still to go and my willpower was ebbing while night was closing in fast, and to my delight and relief some of the others who had already finished came back to galvanise me onwards and then followed me all the way back to the top to make sure that I made it – as if they hadn’t all cycled hundreds of kilometres themselves already, they are all legends!!

    Toughest Moment:

    Third day, with two days of saddlesores and fatigue already in the bag, facing the steep first face of the Col D’Izoard, and seriously wondering if I would be able to make it all the way to the top…

    Top Tip

    Pack your chamois cream first so you don’t forget it like I did – everything else can be begged, borrowed etc, but not that!!

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  • Alex Gowar

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Watching those behind me get to the “finish” at Alpe d’Huez… then realise they still had 2k left to ride.

    Toughest Moment:

    Kev “it’s what Garmin says” Cozens leading us on an unscheduled off-road trip on Day 3.

    Top Tip

    Jelly Babies


  • Matt Goode

    Le Cure Highlight:

    I am supposed to say the camaraderie here right?! Whilst the camaraderie was very special I guess it says something about me that my top highlight was definitely winning the real race to the top of Col d’Izoard having broken away from the Gowar-Goode-Gowar peloton. That and beating Skinner to the pub at end end of Day 1, despite, ahem, a healthy weight handicap. The beers at the top of Alpe d’Huez were pretty special too.

    Toughest Moment:

    Missing the plane!

    Top Tip

    Leave plenty of time to get from SW11 to Heathrow ahead of your flight! That and scaring yourself early in the training programme by going up some steep hills with people who have trained far more than you!

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  • Gary Fearn

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Gary started his training for Le Cure 2014 borderline ‘clinically obese’ according to all objective and medically valid calculation methods. At 88kg and just over 5 foot he knew getting up the French montagnes de classiques would be a tall order. Armed with a set of insulting electronic scales and his “Eat Less Stuff Do More Things”TM daily and cumulative weight tracking Excel spreadsheet he spent the next 65 days hardly drinking beer and hardly eating anything fun. Thankfully, it all paid off and he embarked (with much less Gary hanging around) on the best challenge of his life: Le Cure. A challenge which he actually almost completed…

    Toughest Moment:

    Getting ill and having to sit out Day 4 in 2014.

    Top Tip

    This year, Gary pledges to complete every sodding last kilometre again. This year, he will conquer every damn mountain again.

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  • Fred Gowar

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The weather and the beer. Er, don’t tell anyone about the beer, ok?

    Toughest Moment:

    I don’t know what all the oldies are moaning about; it was a doddle.

    Top Tip

    Why cycle when you can nap in the car on the way up?


  • Kelsey Skinner

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The descents, any of them, and that beautiful ride through the gorge on the “optional” extra 40km on Day 2, 2014. And on Day 3 there was a brief period when I was cycling stronger than Tony Butler. That didn’t last.

    Toughest Moment:

    Col d’Izoard was least famous and freakin hardest, a killer reminder about underestimating things…

    Top Tip

    There must be easier ways to raise money. Just kidding (maybe). Train hard and remember it’s for a great cause with good friends!

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  • Simon Skinner

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Riding in the peloton through the towns at the start of Day 1.

    Toughest Moment:

    Bonking before lunch on the second day.

    Top Tip

    Bring some long fingered gloves and additional layers for the descents!

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  • Ian Smith

    Le Cure Highlight:

    2014 was one big never-ending highlight, from the square in Carpentras to the top of Alpe d’Huez.

    Toughest Moment:

    Easy – going back to work.

    Top Tip

    For the more senior members of the team, a Voltarol each night (Peter will confirm).

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