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London to Paris Charity Cycle Ride

Raising money for two very worthwhile charities.

Cycle ride from London to Paris

by | Jun 6, 2018 | Lorega Updates

Members of the Lorega team, set off from our office in London to cycle to the Eiffel Tower in Paris – 300 miles over four days, in aid of charity.

None of us had ridden this distance before and most last rode bikes with stabilisers. Needless to say, this was a daunting task but was all in a good cause.

Our chosen Charity partners

The ride raised funds for two very worthwhile charities, Marie Curie and First Stop Darlington, both charities which have a special resonance with members of the team here at Lorega.

Marie Curie give free care and support to people living with any terminal illness and their families, bringing light in the darkest hours.  The incredible nurses volunteer their own time to work closely with the NHS to provide this much needed support.

First Stop Darlington is a charity based in the North East of England working actively on the prevention of homeless, as well as providing a listening ear and support for those who are experiencing poverty, distress and social exclusion. In 2012 the charity set up a social enterprise and shop, Bike Stop, where the skilled team and their beneficiaries fix donated bikes to resell and provide a highly valued customer maintenance service.

If you would like to make a donation to these fantastic causes, then please click here.  

Meet the team

Some of the Lorega team taking part in this gruelling ride talk about their thoughts on the ride:

Neill Johnstone

Neill Johnstone

CEO

Tell us about your bike.
Bike is a Boardman carbon road bike, nicknamed “Gustave”

How you see your role in the ride?
Responsibility for rehydration and nutrition!!

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
It will be great to do four consecutive days of strenuous exercise and really test this old body frame of mine! I’m looking forward to the end of each day and to relaxing with a glass of fine French wine, a plate of escargot, all in the company of good friends and colleagues.

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
Definitely the training and trying to drink less beer during the summer!

Amii Freeman

Amii Freeman

Underwriting Assistant and Systems Development Co-ordinator

Tell us about your bike.
Cinelli Saetta Radical. Nickname Nelly

How you see your role in the ride?
Organiser

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
I’m excited to see how much we can raise for 2 amazing causes. On the ride, I am looking forward to riding as a team and how we can push each other to keep up the pace and get up the hills.

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
Hardest part will be starting again when I’m already aching and being social when I’m not a morning person.

Geoff Raikes

Geoff Raikes

Financial Controller

Tell us about your bike.
It’s a Look. The frame and forks are probably older than half the team, and the rest of it is a mish-mash of second hand / bargain bin parts lovingly assembled and hand tuned by me.

How you see your role in the ride?
I expect to spend a lot of time at the front of the group, navigating and leading the peloton.

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to hills! Climbs to test our resolve, and descents to test our nerves… and refuelling with friends afterwards.

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
Getting going again in the mornings when my legs will still feel empty from the day before.

Lee Bennett

Lee Bennett

Director of Operations

Tell us about your bike.
Nightrider.

How you see your role in the ride?
Straggler.

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
Wine.

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
Actually riding the bike.

Andy Mintern

Andy Mintern

Finance & Commercial Director

Tell us about your bike.
Well I’m driving the van!

How you see your role in the ride?

Carrying all the spare parts!

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
Driving in France

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
Keeping up with them!

David Niman

David Niman

Management Accountant

Tell us about your bike.
Giant, the Davemobile.

How you see your role in the ride?
Head of “Facts”, whatever that entails.

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
To live my dream of pretending to be in the Tour de France.

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
I think the hardest part will be the brutal hill we have on the end of the first day.