• 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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Sitting in the sun enjoying the stunning alpine views drinking cold coke, trying to forget I was only halfway up.

    Toughest Moment:

    The meadows halfway up the Col d’Izoard: pedalling forwards but appearing to travel backwards.

    Top Tip

    Climbs and headwinds really don’t go well together.

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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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The Lombard, before it started raining.

    Toughest Moment:

    The Lombard, in the rain/hail.

    Top Tip

    Sandwiches are your friends, génépy is not.

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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.

    Donate to John McConville
  • Paddy Kerr

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

    The Izoard. Nearly killed me.

    Top Tip

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

    Donate to Paddy Kerr
  • 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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  • 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.

    Donate to Stanley Dale
  • 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.

    Donate to Sean Perry
  • 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
  • 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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Getting to the top of the Isola 2000 climb in a howling gale with the Prof for company

    Toughest Moment:

    Trying (and failing) to get warm in the van with the heater on max at the top of Izoard

    Top Tip

    Take more photographs. You’ll treasure the memory but it fades fast

    Donate to Dean Gilmore
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Caroline Harvey
  • 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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  • 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).

    Donate to Vicky Worster
  • 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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  • 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.

    Donate to Chris Rees
  • 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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Reaching the summit of Col de la Bonette - all 2,715m of it!

    Toughest Moment:

    The descent from Izoard in the wind and cold - seemed to go on forever.

    Top Tip

    Get some tunes on to keep you company on the climbs.

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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??

    Donate to Matthew Ginn
  • Debbie McMenamin

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Doing Le Cure 2017 with my husband, my brother and my brother-in-law. Brings a tear just thinking about their fantastic support.

    Toughest Moment:

    Thinking of all those dear women who would give their all to be riding with us instead of battling this horrible disease.

    Top Tip

    Keep your eye on the end goal and not on the percentage of the gradient!!

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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.

    Donate to Kim Rowe
  • 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
  • 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...

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Two highlights in joint first place: 1) The spectacular scenery. It is quite breathtaking. 2) The sense of camaraderie. It is heart warming and inspiring.

    Toughest Moment:

    Day 3, wet, cold and with knee pain that wanted to make me give up.

    Top Tip

    1) Get professionally fitted on your bike. Riding so much in incorrect position may cause you a *lot* of pain.
    2) Ride a lot (8+) long (3hr+) rides before the event. Your body will thank you for conditioning it ahead of the real event.
    3) It is cooler up top, and you can get cold going downhill. Solution? Arm/Leg warmers which are small and quick.

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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.

    Donate to Christopher Joyce
  • 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

    Donate to Giles Stubbs
  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Peter Freeman

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Paddy's mystery tour at Le Grand Depart- where will he take us this year before reverting to Strava?

    Toughest Moment:

    Cafes en route are there for a reason.

    Top Tip

    Being the only Curista to break a bone - and then not finishing. Be careful out there.

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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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  • Tony Butler

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Seeing David Sanderson cycle into a ditch.

    Toughest Moment:

    Cycling up the Izoard with 12kg of gravel strapped to my bike.

    Top Tip

    Green Chartreuse is not ideal prep for cycling up the Izoard with 12kg of gravel strapped to your bike.

    Donate to Tony Butler
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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.

    Donate to James Ballard
  • 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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Nothing beats Le Cure!

    Toughest Moment:

    Going downhill if it’s wet.

    Donate to Derek McMenamin
  • 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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  • 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.

    Donate to James Matthews
  • 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!

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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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  • Jon Worsfold

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The entire trip; the ride, camaraderie and seeing all those pink jerseys up and down the cols all for an important cause.

    Toughest Moment:

    2017, climbing Lombarde in the rain and wind, and last 500m of La Bonnette (cruel!).

    Top Tip

    Do some regular training esp climbing; refuel before, during and after the riding; ride in a group up the cols; only stay in the bar til 4am after the day 4 ride.

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  • Ray Gallagher

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Finishing the debut Le Cure in 2014 despite an unlucky wipeout on day 2 that left me battered and bruised.

    Toughest Moment:

    Seriously struggling up the Galibier only to be passed - rapidly, effortlessly and soul destroyingly - by someone on a unicycle.

    Top Tip

    Enjoy the views but beware any debris on the road! Can be hard to see in shady spots with sunglasses on.

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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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  • 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.

    Donate to Catherine Wilson
  • Sarah Gilmore

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The warm Curista welcome in Isola 2000; the all round awesomeness and sheer stamina of les Curistas, both on and off the bike.

    Toughest Moment:

    Waiting at Nice airport for the last bus to Isola 2000. Damn those fictitious timetables!

    Top Tip

    Riding le Cure in the support vehicle is easier than riding it on a bike. Just saying...

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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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  • Matthew Hibberd

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Being part of a fabulous team of riders and support crew for #lecure17.

    Toughest Moment:

    Losing or mixing up the overnight bags - why do they all look the same?

    Top Tip

    The Royal Marsden has treated my Mum, Granny and Aunt for Breast Cancer.

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  • Matt Goode

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Very little apart from FOUR previous Le Cure’s! (I am expecting that gold jersey this year!)

    Toughest Moment:

    Each year I have a moment which is tougher than the worst one the year before. I suspect it may be something to do with the more “focused” approach to training I have undertaken each sequential year. In 2014 it was the ridiculous still heat going up Alpe d’Huez. In 2015 it was getting severe cramp at the top of Col de l’Iseran (on the first day!). In 2016 it was realising how short the downhill section was after Col du Telegraph before starting climbing the bloody Col du Galibier. In 2017 it was Michael Tomlins actually beating me to the top of a mountain (just the one mind). Not that I am counting.

    Top Tip

    No matter how painful it is, there is always someone hurting more than you (unless your name is Poots!).

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  • 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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Any of the descents really, but in particular, the incredible decent from the top of Col d'Allos at the end of Day 1 in 2017. Beer has never tasted so good and, as a newbie, it was such a relief to know that I could manage to climb two mountains in a day.
    There is a 45km descent this year that I can't wait for!

    Toughest Moment:

    Climbing up Col du Montgenevre - the second of three climbs on the final day of Le Cure 2017. So tough knowing there was still another whole mountain to go before the finish and having 7 previous mountains in the legs.

    Top Tip

    Keep eating, even if you don't feel like it.

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  • 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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  • Louise Malone

    Cycling Experience:

    Does commuting to work on a Santander bike count?

    Biggest Fear:

    It was being last up the big hills but having read some of the veteran's bio's it is now cycling up said big hills with no oxygen. Fun!

    Reason For Doing This:

    To become unemployed! I'm a physio who works to help people overcome the disabling side effects of cancer and its treatment but would rather we cure cancer.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The descent from Galibier to the bottom of Alpe D'Huez. So much fun!

    Toughest Moment:

    Running out of Haribo on day three. Rookie error.

    Top Tip

    Enjoy the views, the camaraderie and remember that you are part of something very special. Pain is temporary!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Arriving in the Olympic Village in Sestriere and celebrating the huge success that Le Cure 2017 was!

    Toughest Moment:

    The final 500metres up La Cime de la Bonnette – thankfully, Paddy says there is nothing that tough in Le Cure 2018!

    Top Tip

    Don't stress it all be fine………. and make sure your bike is in good condition before you show up, it’s a long way up with a rubbing brake.

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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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  • Neil Grover

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Finishing and sharing ale with the “oldies”.

    Toughest Moment:

    Alpe d’Heuz 2016 without a doubt but spitting dummy on Cime de la Bonnette was a very close second.

    Top Tip

    Err lose weight, carb up, go for long rides, maintain a high cadence, lots of up metres, spinning, watt bike - nothing will prepare you for Col de l’Iseran by the looks of it…so just enjoy it!

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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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Sally-Ann Hibberd

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Watching an endless stream of pink shirts descend from Valberg on the first day of #LeCure17 - so proud.

    Toughest Moment:

    Standing up in front of the Le Cure team and explaining the impact cancer has on mental health particularly mine.

    Top Tip

    I wouldn’t be alive today without the Royal Marsden and I want to make sure that they can help many more women.

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