• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

    Donate to Matt Goode
  • 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.

    Donate to Gary Fearn
  • Neil Grover

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Getting to the top of Alpe D’Huez after conquering Col de Telegraph and Galibier and realising I was a “dead man walking.”

    Toughest Moment:

    Getting to the top of Alpe D’Huez ……no falling off, over the edge going up Galibier. Fortunately I remained “clipped in” and “the Prof” pulled my bike up, with me still attached, to sanctuary.

    Top Tip

    Raise lots and lots of money and don’t follow Peter F’s directions they elongate things quite a bit!

    Donate to Neil Grover
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

    Donate to Michael Tomlins
  • 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
  • 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
  • Akhil Shah

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Summiting the Glandon and being able to enjoy the views!

    Toughest Moment:

    Struggling for oxygen on the final stages of Col de L’ Iseran and not following Ray Cox’s descent.

    Top Tip

    Train wisely in preparation for some long days of climbing, and try to enjoy the Galbier.

    Donate to Akhil Shah
  • 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
  • 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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  • Bethan Halls

    Cycling Experience:

    Seasoned London commuter. Lycra clad, Alpine-climbing novice (bar an Etape and a chilly, solo cycle to a wedding in the Swiss Alps the summer they re-opened Verbier).

    Biggest Fear:

    Getting lost and/or cycling off the edge of a mountain. (Girl-nav is atrocious, so both are quite likely).

    Reason For Doing This:

    Cycling and fundraising FOMO.

    Donate to Bethan Halls
  • Joel Levack

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Deciding with a couple of other Curistas not to take the option of a lift to shorten Day 4, and instead getting up early, missing breakfast and taking on all 4000 metres of climbing.

    Toughest Moment:

    The final 3km of Col du Colombier.

    Top Tip

    If it's your first Le Cure whatever you do to try and prevent it you'll properly feel pretty anxious just before the first day. Rest assured it all gets easier from there on in and you'll be riding with a lovely bunch of people.

    Donate to Joel Levack
  • 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
  • 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!)

    Donate to Fiona Sanderson
  • Tom Leach

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Too many to mention. Maybe cresting Alpe D’Huez with Ed ‘Cowboy’ Cowburn and realizing it was all achievable after all?

    Toughest Moment:

    Being forced into an impromptu 9.30am conference call on Day 2, 2015, missing my group’s 10am departure and ending up leaving an hour later with what was probably a group of Navy Seals, but they had already disappeared up a steep hill before I could establish their identities.

    Top Tip

    Ignore any conference calls.

    Donate to Tom Leach
  • 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!!

    Donate to Mary Pert
  • 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
  • Peter Hooper

    Cycling Experience:

    RAB 2015. Alps, Pyrenees, Corsica and France north to south.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being the first rider in as something will have gone very wrong.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Nothing better than a few days cycling in the mountains but actually to support the incredible doctors, nurses, support staff and researchers at the Royal Marsden who have never ceased to push forward and treat everyone with dignity and grace.

    Donate to Peter Hooper
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Julian Post
  • 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
  • Maggie Paxton

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Reaching the top of the Madeleine and having a giant ham and cheese sandwich shoved in my mouth by Helena Peacock.

    Toughest Moment:

    Not so much a 'moment' but the long night of trying (and failing) to vomit quietly whilst sharing a room with long suffering Hannah Durden. This 'issue' stopped me doing the final Alpe d'Huez climb of the trip but luckily a couple of wonderful Curistas, Gary Fearn and Alex Busby, went back down and did it with me the following morning when my insides had (finally) stopped throwing a hissy fit.

    Top Tip

    Buy a Garmin, it helps to know how much further you have to go up the mountain; especially when you can't actually see the top of it.

    Donate to Maggie Paxton
  • Derek McMenamin

    Cycling Experience:

    Main bits are Lands End to John o' Groats, Calais to the Med and La Route des Grand Alpes (Morzine to Monton near Nice).

    Biggest Fear:

    Keeping up with the rest of you; and going downhill!

    Reason For Doing This:

    Supporting my wife Debbie (also riding) who has conquered breast cancer with Professor Smith's help.

    Donate to Derek McMenamin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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).

    Donate to Ian Smith
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Leah Walland

    Cycling Experience:

    Above average: Etape du Tour 2014 & 2013 (top 30 female), 11hr Ironman (Vichy 2015), GB Age Group Triathlete (numerous appearances)...

    Biggest Fear:

    Not much scares me. My biggest "fear" is probably ending up with those unsightly cyclist tan lines (I have been known to cycle in a boob tube. Yes that did happen.)

    Reason For Doing This:

    There have been too many times already in my life where I desperately wished I could smash cancer in the face. I am excited to to be part of a (two-wheeled) movement that is working to help other people get the second chance that cancer does not always allow us to enjoy. And I do love a challenge....

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Every time I saw our amazing support team (especially if it meant it was lunch time or I could top up my Haribo supplies).

    Toughest Moment:

    Dancing in the pedals for the duration of Alpe d’Huez…. needless to say I have adapted my gear ratios for this year, my quads are already thanking me.

    Top Tip

    Talking. Not only does it make the time fly by (for me at least, debatable for my ride companions) but it keeps you nicely in the aerobic zone which means the nasty lactic acid is kept at bay and the legs are ever so slightly less achy the following day(s)…

    Donate to Leah Walland
  • 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.

    Donate to Iain Steane
  • John Larpent

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Many highlights but reaching top of Alpe D'Huez on the last day and the camaraderie throughout all four days got me through it!

    Toughest Moment:

    Alps D'Huez climb and thinking I was a gonna when my rear wheel hit a rock on one of the descents.

    Top Tip

    When it gets really tough keep spinning the wheels but make sure to lift your head up and take in the views - hell of a distraction from the pain!

    Donate to John Larpent
  • 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.

    Donate to John Brunner
  • 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.

    Donate to Paddy Kerr
  • 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!

    Donate to Simon Skinner
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Tony Butler
  • Mike Harley

    Cycling Experience:

    Fred Whitton, Tour de Yorkshire and a few other sportives. Ironman Switzerland 2015. Regular London commuter and once ended up on the bonnet of a Ferrari (the bike was fine).

    Biggest Fear:

    Having to walk...

    Reason For Doing This:

    Have dreamt of doing the big Tour de France climbs for years and never had the chance. (And a great cause, obviously).


  • 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.

    Donate to Kevin Cozens
  • 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.

    Donate to James Sullivan
  • Isobel Ewart

    Cycling Experience:

    Cycled to school and back every day for 14 years but that’s quite a long time ago now... I’d always thought cycling was more a mode of transport than a sport so getting on a road bike and cycling more than a mile has been quite a shock!

    Biggest Fear:

    That muscle memory doesn't stretch back 20 years…

    Reason For Doing This:

    It's an excellent cause, I wanted to join in as soon as I first heard about it. And I’m up for a challenge!

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The top of every mountain and the thrill of the downhill. And the camaraderie all day long of course!

    Toughest Moment:

    Everything hurting on Alp d’Huez.

    Top Tip

    When it gets tough, relax, enjoy the views and think of the cause. And eat lots!

    Donate to Isobel Ewart
  • Ben Hodgson

    Cycling Experience:

    Not touched a bike since 2009.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being overtaken on the final bend of Alpe d'Huez by a sweaty Welshman.

    Reason For Doing This:

    To enjoy the roads of Europe before we need a visa to use them. And to stomp on cancer, obviously.

    Donate to Ben Hodgson
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Scott Reynolds
  • Derrick Dale

    Cycling Experience:

    Severe collar bone breakage when first attempted mountain biking 6 years ago in the USA. Three operations cut short - or rather postponed- a brilliant middle life crisis cycling career.

    Biggest Fear:

    That the drink runs dry.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Marianne, Marianne, Marianne. It's pay-back time. When Marianne was diagnosed, I was supposed to be leading her in a case the next week and she still offered to help with the case!

    Donate to Derrick Dale
  • Debbie McMenamin

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The Prof's inspirational talk on Day 3 confirming categorically that breast cancer treatment is getting better because of Le Cure.

    Toughest Moment:

    Discovering I was 100m short of Everest on the final night and having to go back up Alpe d'Huez in the morning as everyone else was descending!

    Top Tip

    Bring plenty of cash for Paddy's relentless fines !

    Donate to Debbie McMenamin
  • Jon Worsfold

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Taking on all 3 summits (Telegraphe, Galibier and Alpe d'Huez) and climbing 4,000m on the last day - punishing yet beautiful - and that first beer on top of Alpe d'Huez!

    Toughest Moment:

    Many, but probably at the foot of d'Huez knowing 13km and 21 switchbacks to go before the pub.

    Top Tip

    Cycling challenge, scenery, camaraderie, but most of all, a very important and worthwhile cause to do your bit.

    Donate to Jon Worsfold
  • Mark Bertram

    Cycling Experience:

    A Sunday spinner but have had two eventful bike trips to the Alps and another to the Pyrenees.

    Biggest Fear:

    Missing out!

    Reason For Doing This:

    I will take any excuse to be in the mountains but this one clearly has something very special about it.

    Donate to Mark Bertram
  • Nick Ransley

    Cycling Experience:

    Almost none - just completed my first proper ride. It was awful and I was delighted when it was over.

    Biggest Fear:

    Anything over 6% (and that's 100kg of concern); finishing in the dark.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Reducing risk for my immediate gene pool together with an abiding love of boobs and some of the people attached to them.

    Donate to Nick Ransley
  • Claire Stevens

    Le Cure Highlight:

    To name a few… zig zagging up Les Lacets de Montvernier (and realising it was achievable, despite how crazy it looks); reaching the top of Alpe d’Huez; the general sense of amazing comradery throughout; well-earned beers at cafes on town squares at the end of the day…

    Toughest Moment:

    The Col du Glandon in general

    Top Tip

    Do as much training as you can – and always cycle with a smile on your face!

    Donate to Claire Stevens
  • 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!

    Donate to George Long
  • Simon Oakes

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The huge descent off Col d'Iseran into Val d'isere. Amazing views into a sunny valley and 20km of empty road.

    Toughest Moment:

    Trying not to scream during a brutal sports massage from a Swedish lady. And the last 500m of the Col d'Iseran - the closest I've been to walking since actually walking up Barhatch lane 5 years ago.

    Top Tip

    Wear sunscreen.

    Donate to Simon Oakes
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Josh Pert

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The whole group reaching the top of the Col de la Madeleine together.

    Toughest Moment:

    Being told we’d ridden 1km uphill in the wrong direction within 5 minutes of the start on day 1 (see ‘top tips’). Also watch out for the ‘colourful' language during the sports massage sessions.

    Top Tip

    Top tip 1: Make sure you know the route out of the start town for the first day!
    Top tip 2: For the best range of riding tunes hang around at the bottom of the last climb for Poots and be serenaded by classic club hits all the way to the top.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Henry Majed

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Wow, so many… The ‘Curista’ Spirit takes some topping, even on the ‘hilly’ bits (Chapeau, Team Elite!); Gibbo’s parents’ cheery smiles and never-ending jelly babies; Big Dave and the gang riding back down Alpe D’Huez to give me a rousing, last-rider entourage, to the finish; The Ride of the Day Yellow Cap was pretty special too!

    Toughest Moment:

    Col de l'Iseran raised some philosophical questions, relating to bicycles and mountains. And that final ascent up Alpe D’Huez had me digging deep, while my lungs were trying to escape through my ears. The answer to my question though… ‘Yes, absolutely, 100%’.

    Top Tip

    Ride at your own pace, look up and keep smiling. You’re doing something amazing.

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  • Alex Bridges

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Reaching the top of the one of the many cols, digging in to some much needed food and water and witnessing the entire group of Curistas cheer the last remaining riders to join us all. Beautiful moment amongst stunning scenery, complete with golden eagle circling above. Or, was it simply gunning down to Val d’sere after a monstrous climb of the Col d’Iseran. There are so many.

    Toughest Moment:

    Walking to and mounting bike on the morning of day two.

    Top Tip

    Have faith. You tend to get stronger as the days progress.

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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.


  • 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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  • Chris Richard

    Cycling Experience:

    I can do bunny hops, wheelies, and endos. I have a Cycle Proficiency certificate. And I rode a Boris bike to and back from the Olympic Stadium to South Ken four years ago, about 18 miles round trip on what felt like a skip with wheels.

    Biggest Fear:

    Walking properly ever again afterwards.

    Reason For Doing This:

    For what is a great cause; and to race George Long up some hills after he persuaded me to join in. Hang on a second, George, where are you? Oh, you've chickened out this year!

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  • Mark Harrison

    Le Cure Highlight:

    There are so many……but probably getting to the top of Alp d’huez and drinking a cold beer (hence the smile on my face!)

    Toughest Moment:

    The massage table the night before the final day (seriously it was agony!). Marginally worse than the final 2km of the ascent of the Colombiere!

    Top Tip

    Suck it up and enjoy….

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  • 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.

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