• 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.

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  • Simon Pepperdine

    Le Cure Highlight:

    A moment from one of our after dinner debriefs when Dave H declared he had found a new and alternative route featuring terrain we had not yet covered over the previous 3 days & 22 hours in the saddle….then someone chipped in “what, you mean flat ?”

    Toughest Moment:

    Those Swedes who gave me my first ‘sports massage’. That’s an altogether different level of pain.

    Top Tip

    Bring loads of arse cream and a decent saddle, preferably a small sofa (one of those with an ash tray and beer fridge in the arm rest).

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  • Justin Anderson

    Cycling Experience:

    Mostly recreational with a few long rides through the Colorado Rockies.

    Biggest Fear:

    I’ve never ridden a bike in France. I hope it everything works the same.

    Reason For Doing This:

    To support cancer research and force myself to get out on the bike.

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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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  • 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)…

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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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  • 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.

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  • Ian Smith

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

    Easy – going back to work.

    Top Tip

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

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  • Hannah Durden

    Cycling Experience:

    Part-time triathlete turned enthusiastic commuter and road cyclist. London to Paris and Amsterdam (separate trips), French & Italian Alps, Dolomites and, most recently, the Raid Pyrenees (Med to Atlantic, the hilly route) in under-100 hours. Looking forward to taking on some of the Alpine climbs that I haven’t yet tackled and taking on the hors categoire Col de la Madeleine which was my first ever alpine climb. I honestly thought I was going to die and ended up walking. I’m hoping that it will be a different, albeit equally painful, experience this time… without the walking.

    Biggest Fear:

    Blow out on the way down the other side at speed. My over-used body giving up on me.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Raising money for a brilliant cause and participating alongside a really mixed bunch of cyclists (serious lycra-clad road cyclists with no sense of humour or manners would go into my Room 101).


  • 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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  • 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
  • Andrew Gibson

    Le Cure Highlight:

    The Prof’s speech after Izoard.

    Toughest Moment:

    Sincerely asking my dead grandparents for help on Izoard.

    Top Tip

    Pile yourself full of as much processed glucose as possible.


  • Jon Broddle

    Cycling Experience:

    Enough to know to take the longer route to avoid hills.

    Biggest Fear:

    Smelly cheeses.

    Reason For Doing This:

    A cause I'm keen to support, fun, the great outdoors.

    Donate to Jon Broddle
  • 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.

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  • Mike Gowar

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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


  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Andrew Latham

    Cycling Experience:

    I’m a sucker for rides and runs. Ride to Conquer Cancer, Ride London, Artemis Highland, RAAM, various marathons and so on.

    Biggest Fear:

    Will my back hold out?

    Reason For Doing This:

    My mum died of breast cancer, maybe that doesn’t have to happen so much. And holding back my dementia, I forgot the other reasons.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Hannah Fishpool

    Cycling Experience:

    Very experienced at getting calves covered in bike oil. First time this April I discovered my mountain legs in Andalusia. A few triathlons and velodrome sessions.

    Biggest Fear:

    Getting overtaken on the mountain by a small child.

    Reason For Doing This:

    A fantastic mix of fun and pain with les Curistas for a brilliant cause. My best pal Roz's little brother Simon had lots of care from the Royal Marsden and we’re really glad to fundraise together and support much-needed research.

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  • Nick Faure Walker

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

    Whatever George Long does to maintain effortless fitness.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Peter Jensen

    Le Cure Highlight:

    All the downhill bits! Every time a car drove past honking and waving.

    Toughest Moment:

    All the uphill bits!

    Top Tip

    Have some motivating music ready on the ipod to blast to when it gets tough on the endless uphill sections. Don't forget your headphones - but only plug into one ear. You need your wits about you when those motorbikes come flying past.

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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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  • 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?

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  • Fred Gowar

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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


  • 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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  • Dash Munding

    Cycling Experience:

    Mum says I can take the training wheels off soon.

    Biggest Fear:

    Brake failure on a steep curve making me fall over a 200ft cliff.

    Reason For Doing This:

    My brother-in-law died of stomach cancer aged 28, my sister (his wife) was diagnosed with a brain tumour 9 months after he died. Cancer is merciless and unrelenting, and so must we be.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gary Fearn

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

    Donate to Andrew Wass
  • Joy Skipper

    Cycling Experience:

    LEJOG, Bangkok to Singapore and The Chiltern Hills.

    Biggest Fear:

    That I will be doing a lot of walking up hills with a bike!

    Reason For Doing This:

    I'm not very good at saying NO.

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  • Kate Pearson

    Cycling Experience:

    A few 50 mile sportives (sadly the Arc de Triomphe was just a cardboard cut out at the end of one them).

    Biggest Fear:

    My right knee giving up and having to spend most of the time on the bus.

    Reason For Doing This:

    It's a great cause; Manny made it sound doable; I am up for trying most things; I love the mountains (although generally to look at); there was a spare space; I have 3 weeks to train (!) and will walk if I have to.

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  • Lisa Kallal

    Cycling Experience:

    Venturing out on the London streets to get to work and back. Will need to get myself used to road bike, mostly ride on single-speed, fixed.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being passed by Joy Skipper on the hills. Not being in time for beer.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I believe in a cancer-free world of the future. I love a challenge.

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  • Julian Post

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

    The cycle from Briancon to Serre Chevalier.

    Top Tip

    Learn to embrace misery.

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  • 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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  • Scott Reynolds

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

    Get your head down and grind it out.

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  • 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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  • Mark Shearer

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Alp D’Huez’s last turn.

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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

    Donate to Mark Shearer
  • Bruce Paterson

    Cycling Experience:

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

    Biggest Fear:

    Cold baths at the end of the day.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Camaraderie and cause.

    Donate to Bruce Paterson
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Alison Leese
  • 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.

    Donate to Richard Viney
  • 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
  • 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
  • Roz Johnson

    Cycling Experience:

    Had a lovely road bike since 2012...sadly it rarely sees the light of day. Enjoy occasional scoots to Richmond Park and down to the Surrey Hills when its sunny....and just about to brave using some cleats!

    Biggest Fear:

    Turning up with all the wrong gear and being laughed off the mountain ;-) I can cope with running far, but cycling is still new to me...I'll be slowly going backwards down the mountain, and wobbling off my bike into the road!

    Reason For Doing This:

    My family has had first hand experience of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity so it is close to my heart. When I heard about the ride it seemed like a perfect combination of a great cause and a physical challenge.

    Donate to Roz Johnson
  • 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
  • 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
  • Richard Tite

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Having survived the first 3 days, the feeling of confidence that I could "take down" Alpe d'Huez.

    Toughest Moment:

    30 seconds into Alpe d'Huez realizing I was a deeply deluded individual.

    Top Tip

    Lose weight - physics always wins.

    Donate to Richard Tite
  • 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.

    Donate to Marco Tinnirello
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Mark Bailie
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Bethan Halls
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Michael Farish
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Alex Bridges
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ed Cowburn

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Going really fast down massive mountains.

    Toughest Moment:

    Col de la Madeleine. Relentless.

    Top Tip

    Ride your bike as much as possible before your get to the Alps. If you can't find hills then just doing hours on flatter roads will get you ready for the endurance.

    Donate to Ed Cowburn
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alex Gowar

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

    Jelly Babies


  • 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!

    Donate to Neil Grover
  • 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.

    Donate to Angus Bruce Macleod
  • Etta Bevan

    Cycling Experience:

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

    Biggest Fear:

    Quality of the wine.

    Reason For Doing This:

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

    Donate to Etta Bevan
  • 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...

    Donate to Sarah Gilmore
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!

    Donate to Debbie McMenamin
  • Ben Manners

    Cycling Experience:

    Ex-regular commuter, very occasional sportive and some "smell the flowers" cycle touring. Cycled coast-to-coast across Southern Africa in 2011 (which was enough cycling for a lifetime).

    Biggest Fear:

    Repeating my careless habit of coming off bicycles and breaking bones. Or being asked to speak French.

    Reason For Doing This:

    I want to raise funds to help fight cancer, I've always wanted to join Le Cure, and always wanted to cycle the Alps.

    Donate to Ben Manners
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Sally-Ann Hibberd
  • 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.

    Donate to Steve Chester
  • Aidan Bailey

    Cycling Experience:

    Experienced London commuter cyclist and annual Norfolk Superhero quadrathlon competitor but yet to find the Surrey Hills.

    Biggest Fear:

    Dry lips - this might show my naivety.

    Reason For Doing This:

    Raising money for this fantastic ground breaking charity.

    Donate to Aidan Bailey
  • 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
  • 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.

    Donate to Matthew Hibberd
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

    Donate to Matthew Brown
  • Stewart Robertson

    Cycling Experience:

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

    Biggest Fear:

    Being the last rider in each day.

    Reason For Doing This:

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

    Donate to Stewart Robertson
  • Mary Pert

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.


  • 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.

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  • Kelsey Skinner

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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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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  • Michelle Topping

    Cycling Experience:

    I think the fact that I could only find a picture with wine and no bike says it all.

    Biggest Fear:

    Being able to sit down (and stand up for that matter).

    Reason For Doing This:

    Because it’s an amazing cause and Dan Shute wouldn’t take no for an answer.


  • Tom Beard

    Le Cure Highlight:

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

    Toughest Moment:

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

    Top Tip

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


  • 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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  • Marianne Butler

    Le Cure Highlight:

    Top of Col de I'Iseran - no question.

    Toughest Moment:

    About 3 km from the Col de I'Iseran. It is just so mean.

    Top Tip

    Have a jelly baby in your mouth at all times and a sip of water every few mins. And some good anthems. Simples.

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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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  • 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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