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London to Paris bike ride

Raising money for two very worthwhile charities.

Cycle ride from London to Paris

by | Jun 6, 2018 | Lorega Updates |

On the 5th of September, 6 members of the Lorega team including CEO Neill Johnstone, will be setting off from our office in Leadenhall Street and cycling to the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – a total distance of 300 miles over 4 days!

None of us have ridden this distance before and most last rode bikes with stabilisers! Needless to say, this is a daunting task, but it is one that we are all looking forward to.

If you’re interested in seeing how our training’s going, check out the Lorega Strava club profile here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/447746

Our chosen Charity partners

We are doing this to raise 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. The charity provides the essential first steps towards recovery and self-confidence, the shop provides opportunities to the clients to develop new skills and training to further them in life.

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

Meet the team

6 of our bravest head office staff are taking part in this gruelling ride; learn a little more about them below!

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 Saeta 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.

Sarah Morton

Sarah Morton

Sales and Marketing Manager

Tell us about your bike.
Boardman SLR – chosen because it’s pretty.

How you see your role in the ride?
Mostly there to order wine and cheese.

Why are you’re excited to do the bike ride and what are you looking forward to?
Looking forward to aforementioned cheese and wine, and finally getting to use my French degree in a semi-professional context.

What do you think the hardest part will be and what are you not looking forward to?
Long boring training rides round London on my own – not my favourite part so far.

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?
I’m excited to fill my lungs with the lovely air on the nice rural roads and to live my dream of pretending to be in the Tour de France, but without the gruelling lifestyle.

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, either that, or the challenge of riding so long for so many consecutive days

Our principal Sponsors

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