• Alison Leese

    Cycling Experience:

    Not much but have completed one small climb in the Alps a few years ago, plus half of Alpe d’Huez. Currently riding with Broughton Cycling Group in Milton Keynes to help train for Le Cure.

    Biggest Fear:

    For Le Cure, not being prepared enough to enjoy the experience.
    In life, not being healthy enough to do what I want to do.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Seeing Curistas in 2015 at ADH and being inspired to join in (once we moved back to the UK from Adelaide). I nearly became a medical researcher. The funding from charities is essential for advancing the knowledge needed to develop therapies, and hopefully cures.

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  • Sean Perry

    Cycling Experience:

    Despite having broken my back (twice in 1-year), and my left femur, I’m a regular commuter in Rome, rain or shine. Also done the Maratona dles Dolimiti, RideLondon, Gran Fondo di Roma, Flanders. Hope that's enough training for LeCure.

    Biggest Fear:

    Not finishing.

    Reason For Doing This:

    This year I'm 56. My father died at 56 from cancer, so taking part in le Cure challenge 2018 seemed a good way to mark the event whilst doing something worthwhile.

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  • David Hathaway

    Cycling Experience:

    Avid cycling enthusiast and fan, you will see me pounding the pedals on a daily basis into central London.

    Biggest Fear:

    Day 3 and 4 – the fear of the unknown!

    Reason For Doing This:

    In 2009 my gorgeous mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She survived, many are less fortunate. The fact the funds raised directly go to research into prevention is amazing.

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  • Tom Banks

    Cycling Experience:

    If there is a category below ‘Beginner’ then I am probably in it.

    Biggest Fear:

    Seeing the pink shirts disappear in the distance. And then the pain.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I have reached the stage in the life cycle of the male homo sapiens when we decide to take on impossibly difficult physical challenges, assuming they will be no harder than 20 years previously. And because this is an amazing event, and an awesome charity.

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  • Tiffany Farish

    Cycling Experience:

    As long as the bike has a wicker basket containing a picnic I am game.

    Biggest Fear:

    Double booking is high on the list, resulting in hangry homeless Curistas.

    Reason For Doing This:

    It is only fair to blame Derrick.

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  • Christopher Joyce

    Cycling Experience:

    I enjoy cycling but mostly use it as a way of commuting to work and there are no mountains on my commute into central London!

    Biggest Fear:

    Having to get out of bed on days 2, 3 and 4 when the legs are really tired.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I was inspired to join Le Cure 2018 after sponsoring a 2017 Curista and then reading about the exceptional work of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. I enjoy cycling but have never cycled a multi-day event and so jumped at the chance to challenge myself and raise money for such a worthy cause.

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  • Garth Leese

    Cycling Experience:

    Commuting to work and occasional weekend rides in Adelaide. I have also been fortunate to complete a few ‘slow’ climbs in the French Alps and Pyrenees while on holiday.

    Biggest Fear:

    Letting people down who have supported me and being so tired that I won’t want to get on my bike in a morning! But on flip side looking forward to lots of baguettes, croissants and French wine / beer.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Watching the wonderful Curistas climbing Alpe d’Huez in 2015 as my wife and I descended very slowly inspired us to join this great cause. So glad Alison and I can finally participate and looking forward to meeting our fellow Curistas and supporters.

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  • John McConville

    Cycling Experience:

    Took up cycling a few years ago to compete in triathlons, purposely choosing races where the bike course was as flat as possible and definitely didn’t include mountains.

    Biggest Fear:

    Not having enough gears on my bike.

    Reason For Doing This:

    The impressive work being done by the Prof and the irresistible force of the McMenamins.

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  • Angus Bruce Macleod

    Cycling Experience:

    I am a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand who has been persuaded to join this crazy bunch by Debbie and Derek McMenamin (Vétérans Superbes). The Course Profile posted by Kevin Cozens has already made me regret my decision.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being beaten up the mountains by Debbie or Derek (or, nightmare of nightmares, by both of them).

    Reason For Doing This:

    Long goal: Wanting to beat cancer.
    Short goal: Wanting to beat either Debbie or Derek.

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  • David Hemming

    Cycling Experience:

    Self confessed cycle geek and former professional mountain bike racer of ten years. If it has wheels I want to ride it! heavily involved with the cycle industry and most days now I coach riders in my spare time, have worked with Le Cure site 2015. Looking forward to being a fund raiser this time (I will be floating back and fourth on the stages to help out when needed)

    Biggest Fear:

    Not being able to get it up . . . I mean on the back wheel!
    Cycling with Henry talking about our mums that had just passed away was my toughest moment so far.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Firstly, I want to do what I can to fight the big C. Secondly, the inspiration I get from seeing all of you - new and old to the sport - tackle these routes and make it to the end.

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  • Giles Stubbs

    Cycling Experience:

    I have commuted for a number of years and have done the occasional sportive. However, I don’t have much luck transporting bikes!

    Biggest Fear:

    Car park height restrictions and failing brakes!

    Reason For Doing This:

    In memory of my father, John, and to support the wonderful Royal Marsden

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  • Richard Davies

    Cycling Experience:

    I have done a few long distance events including a non-stop ride from Sandhurst to Lands End in under 24hrs. Last year I went with friends to the Alps and did Alpe d’Huez, Mt Ventoux and Col de Jou Plane, which was an amazing experience.

    Biggest Fear:

    My biggest fear is the descents and rationing the braking to avoid a blowout at high speed!

    Reason For Doing This:

    Summer in the Alps is the most incredible of places and was a no-brainer to apply through my company (OEE) to do this event. More importantly it is a great opportunity to raise money for a great and worthy cause.

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  • Caroline Harvey

    Cycling Experience:

    I have cycled a bit but mainly social/pleasure cycling and I also tend to stick to the flats. I have done a fair amount of training this year as I have also entered a few triathlons to add to the mix but they have also been fairly flat…there are not many mountains to train on in Essex!!

    Biggest Fear:

    The ups and the downs…not sure which I hate more! I suspect I may go so slowly up the mountains that I will fall off my bike many times!

    Reason For Doing This:

    I found out my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 just as I arrived home at the airport from a cycling holiday in Vietnam. I was crushed as this had only previously happened to ‘other families’ and it never crossed my mind that it would happen to one of us. 2 years on and my sister has been through the surgery, the chemo, the radiation therapy and all is now looking good. She has been amazing throughout and has been stronger than I thought possible. She was treated by The Royal Marsden and my sister and her husband have been great supporters of Le Cure since they heard of it a couple of years ago. It seems only fitting that I should take part in this cycle challenge to help raise money for the fantastic work that Le Cure supports.

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  • Frank Laino

    Cycling Experience:

    I have done a few events over the years, but basically I just love riding my bike around the Surrey Hills and meeting new people through a shared passion.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being dropped by Mike Farish :)

    Reason For Doing This:

    For Mum, Elena and Sarah xxx

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  • Stanley Dale

    Cycling Experience:

    Limited: my sister taught me how to ride a bike on a gravel tennis court when I was a kid, after which I took a long hiatus from cycling! I took up cycling again at university, and often spend my mornings speeding to lectures having overslept. When it comes to distance cycling, I’m a complete novice!

    Biggest Fear:

    Forgetting the French words for: Help me please!

    Reason For Doing This:

    My dad rode the last two years, and it sounds like a phenomenally hard challenge, which helps support really important research in cancer screening at the Royal Marsden.

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  • Matthew Brown

    Cycling Experience:

    As a boy, riding a second-hand BMX, I cut my cycling teeth on the brutal cols of the Quantock hills; the ‘Alps of West Somerset’. Now I’m a Londoner, my cycling has mainly been restricted to the occasional beery Boris bike wobble or a quick spin to work on the Brompton. Clearly the logical next step is to attempt some classic Tour-De-France Alpine climbs!

    Biggest Fear:

    Chafing!.....

    Reason For Doing This:

    I’m a consultant at the Royal Marsden and therefore have witnessed first-hand the amazing work Le Cure has performed raising vital funds to help fight cancer. Inspirational people combined with an inspirational mission – inspired me to sign up!

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  • Matthew Ginn

    Cycling Experience:

    I am a seasoned “1 ride a year” kind of guy and try to have a scientific 6 week training plan per year (lol.) My first ever ride was Lands End to John O’Groats back in 2010 which was quite a start to my love of cycling. Since then it’s been London - Paris, North to South Wales, Coast to Coast, Coast to Coast to Coast! Basically I love a good bike ride but generally moan about how hard the climbs are!

    Biggest Fear:

    Living in the midlands, any incline above 4% is generally called steep, so the scale of the climbs and mountains is playing heavily on my mind. Can I do it? Well we will see soon enough! Need to keep that Inner Chimp in check!

    Reason For Doing This:

    My motivation is 2 fold. The main one is probably like most other people doing the ride.....let’s make a difference and try to beat cancer. It’s such a horrible disease whose ripple of impact is so vast. Over the last 2 years some close friends and family have been directly impacted and I’ve seen first hand the devastation it can cause. My second motivation is purely a selfish one.....can I mentally do this challenge??

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  • Vicky Worster

    Cycling Experience:

    From triathlons to weekend rides in the Alps.

    Biggest Fear:

    Too hot, too cold or too wet - well at least not every day !

    Reason For Doing This:

    Reason for doing Le Cure: the opportunity to make a difference by raising money that goes right to the heart of beating this terrible disease. And, since I am a (slow) endurance event enthusiast - and to ensure I give friends and family no excuse not to donate - I will 3 days after Le Cure be competing in the Ultra Trail Du Monte Rosa stage race (4 mountain marathons over 4 days).

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  • Annie Glover

    Cycling Experience:

    I have ridden a road bike since 2013. My riding started out doing Audax and club rides, then progressed into time trials, crit races and short road races. Represented Anglesey (Ynys Mon) in The Island Games Cycling team in 2015 and 2017. Had my 15 minutes of fame in the finish straight of the 2015 Crit in St Helier with a spectacular fall as a result of contact from another rider, resulting in concussion and broken collar bone. It did not deter me! I do not have much mountain experience, so I am setting myself this challenge and hoping I get enough time to train.

    Biggest Fear:

    Sports massage on my legs after racing – it’s worse than childbirth! Oh - and descending in either wet or dry.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Work are sponsoring me to do this – hoping to raise lots of funds and inspire people to get on their bikes too. Riding the Alps with a purpose ticks one off the bucket list and my husband won’t go on a cycling holiday with me although he will be around on his motorbike as my personal support team. One of my relatives was treated in the Royal Marsden so I am happy to raise awareness and money for this charity.

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  • 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.

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  • Michael Farish

    Cycling Experience:

    Club rides (Kingston Wheelers), Triathlons, Vattenrunden, Spanish mountains, Ride London etc. Never cycled in the Alps and really looking forward to it.

    Biggest Fear:

    Finishing after Derrick on each day!

    Reason For Doing This:

    To raise lots of cash for the Royal Marsden and to finally be able to have a crack at some of the most amazing climbs in cycling.

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  • Kay Matthews

    Cycling Experience:

    Only took up road biking last summer as a way to save the knees. Since then mostly weekend coffee rides and the occasional commute but upped the distances recently with Ride the Night and the Wales Velothon.

    Biggest Fear:

    Descending - spotted ‘narrow unguarded road with big drop offs’ as mentioned in the route notes – arggh!

    Reason For Doing This:

    I received an email which said "In case any of you feel the need to do something crazy!" from a colleague at work, clicked on the link and found Le Cure. A number of people I know have been through breast cancer recently, I have read about the wonderful work being done at the Royal Marsden and also, recklessly, thought I could do with a challenge!

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  • James Ballard

    Cycling Experience:

    'Steep learning curve'. Previous experience goes about as far as a Boris Bike trip to work in London when the underground is closed. I have overcome the 'cleat at traffic light' fear but still a long way to go.

    Biggest Fear:

    Brakes not working on one of the steep downhills! Oh, and Chafe...

    Reason For Doing This:

    Mainly to help a brother who needs a lot of support, after being roped into it by his father in law, Prof Ian Smith.

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  • Chris Rees

    Cycling Experience:

    Cycled in the Alps, Apennines, and Atlas, mountains, Undertaken Pyrenean raid from Atlantic to Med, and cycled London to Cannes. Know intimately every bump and pot-hole of Richmond Park!

    Biggest Fear:

    The unpredictable when speeding downhill.

    Reason For Doing This:

    As my friends know, my wife had treatment for Breast Cancer back in 2014 / 2015 and my mother is currently undergoing treatment for her Breast Cancer. I very much respect the work done by the amazing scientists and very clever doctors and wish through riding with Le Cure this year to do my own little bit to help.

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  • Hayden Ballard

    Cycling Experience:

    Fair to say – ‘limited’. I once did a 99miler from London to Oxford, which took over 8hrs (in part due to the number of tow-paths involved!) and that was the closest I’ve ever come to hitting the wall. Barely ridden a bike since, and certainly never ridden a proper roadbike or used cleats before.

    Biggest Fear:

    My legs falling off after day 1.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Prof Ian Smith is my father in law!

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  • Kim Rowe

    Cycling Experience:

    Lots of experience, but the power to weight ratio is, err, not in my favour. I love it when I am there, but the training is progressing at its own pace!

    Biggest Fear:

    Not being fit enough and holding everyone up.

    Reason For Doing This:

    To help as many as possible who need help.

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  • Tom Inman

    Cycling Experience:

    Got into road biking from doing triathlons in my 20s and 30s, and slowly fell in love with it. Have done a number of sportives and longer rides in the UK (Fred Whitton was this year’s challenge) and managed to get out and about in the Alps and Pyrenees to bag a few of the big climbs. Looking forward to ticking a few more off and doing so for such a good cause.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being overtaken by someone in a gorilla outfit (which has always happened when I’ve run a marathon!)

    Reason For Doing This:

    Encouraged by the lovely Amanda Bridgewater who has spent most of the last year raving about the cycling, the people and the cause.

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  • James Matthews

    Cycling Experience:

    1) Commuting on one gear and no brakes when I was a young, tit of a man.
    2) A long break.
    3) Buying a bike with gears.

    It's fair to say I have some training to do....

    Biggest Fear:

    The usual: Being the slowest, getting lost, bonking (fnar, fnar).

    Reason For Doing This:

    Cancer is a dick. I am getting fat. Fin.

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  • Catherine Wilson

    Cycling Experience:

    London commuter. Mountain newbie. One second hand road bike and clippy shoes. C’est tout!

    Biggest Fear:

    Worried I’ll have fun, drink too much wine and agree to cycling up and down inconceivably huge hills which no amount of training will ever prepare me for - again…

    Reason For Doing This:

    To join the wonderful Curistas, and stop bad things happening to good people. In memory of those no longer with us.

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