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1,000 miles, 10 countries, 10 days, £100,000

08.09.2016 - 17.09.2016
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1,000 miles, 10 countries, 10 days, £100,000

So far, you have helped us to raise …

£93,092

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VeloVeni is a charity ride like few others

Set up by a team from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, it aims to replicate the huge success of VeloFlo 2014.

Our riders will be braving some of the toughest terrain in Europe...

…on a 10-day epic cycle ride to Venice. They will be covering 1,000 miles, through 10 countries; climbing nearly 19,000 metres, the equivalent of cycling up Everest from sea level twice!

Unlike many charity sporting events...

…the ride itself is entirely self-funded, so every penny donated goes straight to charity.

VeloFlo 2014...

…riders cycled from London to Florence and raised over £140,000 for charity.

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Who we are riding for

VeloVeni is raising funds for two outstanding organisations: Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

These organisations were chosen as they are the two leading charities in their field, helping the fight against two of the most debilitating diseases and afflictions affecting people throughout the UK and around the world.

A number of our riders felt very strongly about supporting these organisations, having lost loved ones to these conditions.

VeloVeni is entirely self-funded, so every penny you donate goes straight to the charities. Help these great causes and sponsor our ride.

Cancer Research UK are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We’ve saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.
Alzheimers Research UK
Alzheimer’s Research UK are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner.

Sponsors

If you are interested in becoming one of our sponsors, please get in touch below to find out more information…
Arup
Greenzone
Reed & Mackay
Expedition
Wiehag
Evenlode
Kamset
Ashurst
Mace
Truestart
Deltek
Exova

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The Route

08.09.2016 – 17.09.2016

Day 1

After being waved off by their friends and family, the riders can look forward to a relatively flat day to get their legs warmed up. Look out for headwinds though! First night enjoyed aboard the ferry.

Day 2

Wake up at with a view of Rotterdam Port, hopefully refreshed after a calm crossing. This is the longest day across the roads and cycle paths of Holland and northern Belgium. Luckily it is flat as a pancake.

Day 3

After all the flat miles covered over the previous two days, the steep hills of the Ardennes might come as a bit of a shock. The riders will be following in the footsteps (or tyre marks) of some famous riders as they follow the route of the famous Spring Classic: Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Day 4

A truly international day awaits the riders as they leave Belgium, cross Luxembourg then weave their way back and forth over the border between Germany and France. Let’s hope border controls aren’t reinstated by then!

Day 5

This should be one of the more straightforward days as the riders cover a mere 95 miles, cycling across the rolling landscape of the Northern Vosges Mountains and the Rhine valley into South-West Germany.

Day 6

The riders will be offered some truly beautiful scenery as they cross the Black Forest, as long as they remember to look up! The first 55km are all uphill. The rest of the day is a little less taxing, as the cyclists make their way to Konstanz on the Swiss border.

Day 7

After a relaxing morning admiring the turquoise water of Lake Konstanz, the team covers the length and breadth of Lichtenstein, heading towards its capital, Vaduz. Things get tough in the afternoon with a 30km, 1100m climb up into the Alps to Davos.

Day 8

A truly alpine day through the Swiss National Park will test the mettle of even the fittest amongst them. The brave riders tackle three mighty mountain passes; first, the Flüela Pass culminating at 2,383m (7,818ft) above sea level, almost immediately followed by the Passo Del Fuorn with its 700m vertical ascent. If that wasn’t enough, they then take on the infamous Stelvio pass culminating at an incredible 2,757m.

Day 9

The alpine resort town of Bormio will hopefully have offered the riders a good night’s rest. Those weary legs will have to tackle two very tough mountain passes, starting with the scary Passo Gavia: 1,406m of relentless vertical ascent over 25.4km; immediately followed by the marginally kinder, Passo del Tonale. Downhill after lunch!

Day 10

If the riders have made it this far, after a short steep climb out of town, they’ll be rewarded for the previous 9 days’ heroics with a gentle ride towards the Lido and the hustle and bustle of Venice and the Biennale. Time to give those legs a rest and learn how to walk again!

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Team

Riders

Douglas Paul

Douglas Paul

Architect

Despite his young(ish) age, Doug is in many ways the dad of the group. His soft, reassuring Edinburgh tones convey a calmness when the going gets tough (Except when he’s laughing hysterically at Will’s stretching routine).

Douglas is raising money for Cancer Research in memory of George and Evelyn Paul, his uncle and aunt, who both died from cancer in their fifties.

Hamish Crockett

Hamish Crockett

Architect

Though he may not be the fastest “grimpeur” in the VeloVeni team, he is a strong contender for the fastest downhill. Hamish descends Italian, pot-holed alpine roads with the care-free attitude of an architect that has spent far too long on French construction sites. Hamish spent countless hours carefully mapping out the route.
Will Clayton

Will Clayton

Facilities Manager

During VeloFlo, Will stoically but un-spectacularly soldiered through the Alps. It was off the bike that he forged his reputation as he quickly became renowned for his bizarre stretching routines. At one stop in the Central Massif, he needed to be rescued from a ditch  when his upside-down stretch went badly wrong.

Tragically, Will has lost both his sister and, in 2014,  his wife Rachel to cancer. He is riding in support of Ovarian Cancer Research in memory of Rachel.

Dawid Panek

Dawid Panek

Architect

Dawid has had to arrange his 2016 iron-man triathlon training around VeloVeni. He will not be holding the peloton back.
Jörg Majer

Jörg Majer

Director

Jörg is another veteran of VeloFlo. He leaves behind his very busy architect/visualisation studio, PicturePlane to spend 10 days on the ride. Jörg’s native tongue will come in handy, as 4 out of the 10 countries VeloVeni will pass through are German-speaking.
Jack Newton

Jack Newton

Architect

Jack was the main organiser for the previous epic rides from London to Barcelona and then VeloFlo – London to Florence. Such was the stress in the organisation of VeloFlo, he vowed never to do anything similar again…only to propose VeloVeni two years later. Jack has taken more of a backseat for VeloVeni to focus on training for the ride, or at least he would have had he not fallen off his bike on the first outing.

Jack has supported Alzheimer’s Research UK for many years and his altruism paid dividends when he started dating the charity’s CEO, whom he recently married.

Thanks to Jack for getting the VeloVeni ball rolling!

Theo Pagnon

Theo Pagnon

Architect

This floppy-haired Parisian will be bringing a bit of continental style to the proceedings on his impeccably tasteful Italian bike. Rarely fazed, he’s most likely to be seen facing a monster climb with nothing more than a Gallic shrug – “Bof”
Greg Unsworth

Greg Unsworth

Information Systems

VeloVeni invited Greg to join because of his expertise in Comms and Marketing. This website is testament to his graphic skills. Let’s just hope he can ride a bike as fast as he can setup a website!
John Dent

John Dent

Architect

John is a veteran cyclist, having successfully gone all the way on the Cycle to Cannes, VeloFlo and another Jack-Newton-Organised trip from London to Barcelona. He has put down his RIBA Part III books for ten days to come on the ride – dedication of the highest order!
Jimmy Dent

Jimmy Dent

Head of Creative

Graphic designer, Jimmy (brother of John) is also a seasoned cyclist having previously taken part in VeloFlo and London to Barcelona. Most recently the pair cycled from Manchester to London, covering 220 miles in a day. Jimmy lives in Lancashire and has some of the UK’s most challenging terrain on his doorstep, so is ready for the challenge.

At the beginning of 2016, Jimmy and John lost their grandmother, Helen, to cancer, so will be riding in her memory to raise money for Cancer Research.

Aviva Laurenti

Aviva Laurenti

Project Manager

Aviva is travelling from the States to participate in VeloVeni. She lives to cycle and will be the smartest turned-out cyclist in the peloton without a doubt. Aviva doesn’t let a valve dust-cap or any grime weigh down her bike. She is a proponent of the “50 golden rules of cycling”.
Andrew Long

Andrew Long

Senior Project Manager

Most participants were invited to join VeloVeni, but Andrew invited himself. Not much is known about Andrew, other than he is an Ironman and he is keen. John look out – the peloton might have a new “maillot jaune”.
Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison

Photographer

Cheerful Yorkshire-man, Chris (we’re told they exist) is a professional photographer. Always smiling, his distinctive laugh will help people make out his position in the peloton – as long as it’s not too hot that is; his northern complexion isn’t too suited to the Southern sunshine.
Adam Lampon

Adam Lampon

Architectural Assistant

Adam’s cycling career started in an underwhelming fashion when he joined a team of RSHP cyclists on a ride to Osea Island for the annual office away weekend. He barely made it at all and spent most of the weekend recovering. Not having been put off by the experience, he bought a bike and started training. His transformation has been commendable and Adam is one of the strongest riders in the VeloVeni team.

Adam is raising money in memory of his grandmother who died from cancer two years ago.

Dean Jones

Dean Jones

Data Scientist

Dean is Will’s brother-in-law and has joined Will in many training rides over the last few months. He lives in the Cotswolds, which is well-stocked with steep hills offering marvellous views from the summit, which he has had plenty of time to admire whilst waiting for Will. He is also riding to support Cancer Research UK, in memory of his wife’s sister, Rachel.
Paul Andrew

Paul Andrew

Engineer

Paul loves a good adventure, so jumped at the chance to get involved in VeloVeni. He has completed a number of challenging adventures over the years, from cycle touring and tackling some of the classic Tour de France alpine climbs, to mountaineering in the Himalayas. He is hoping that the Chiltern hills, near which he lives, will have adequately prepared him to take on the Italian Alps!
Fergus Seccombe

Fergus Seccombe

Architectural Assistant

Fergus joined the team after a three week ‘training camp’ in the Italian Alps with Adam. Far from a relaxing holiday after completing his RIBA Part 2, he returned exhausted but has since put in the miles. His “monster thighs” and technical bike knowledge should come in useful for the group.

Fergus is riding in support of Cancer Research UK after recently losing a friend to cancer.

Hannah Sensecall

Hannah Sensecall

Associate, Corporate

Dragged into the challenge by Andy Long, Hannah is a keen cyclist with a good pedigree of cycle tours and an Ironman under her belt. Expect a smile on her face all the way from England to Italy, with the exception of the downhills, she’s not a fan.

Support

Kinga Koren

Kinga Koren

Graphic Designer

Kinga was targeted to join the VeloVeni support team for two reasons; her graphic design skills and her perennial cheerfulness (After spending 4 hours climbing a 5-10% alpine slope it is important to be greeted with a smile). Kinga has led the development of the VeloVeni logos and brand design.
Veronika Gliwa

Veronika Gliwa

Personal Assistant

VeloVeni are lucky to have the enthusiastic (and some say, hyper-active) Veronika in the support team. Hopefully we can harness her energy and commitment to the cause when it comes to securing boxes of bananas from wary Swiss greengrocers.
Loic Lefevre

Loic Lefevre

Physiotherapist

Loic is VeloVeni’s resident physiotherapist. He is renowned for going the extra mile to assist the cyclists. When the temperatures rose close to 40 degrees Celsius on VeloFlo, Loic was knocking on the front doors of Tuscan houses asking for the loan of a garden hose so he could spray the over-heating peloton down as it passed, with cold water. VeloVeni is appreciative to have secured his services again.
Pietro Bodra

Pietro Bodra

Architectural Assistant

VeloVeni needed a hard-working van driver to support the team, so approached Pietro to ask for his help. Pietro’s Italian will be useful for procuring food and essentials that will sustain the team as they pass over the Dolomites and on the road down to Venice.
Jose Roldan

Jose Roldan

Architect

Jose is taking a rest from his triathlon training to support the VeloVeni team. Hopefully he will have the opportunity to stretch his legs on a bike if Pov can take the van’s steering wheel for a while. Many thanks to Jose for enthusiastically signing up to support the cyclists.
Povilas Gucevicius

Povilas Gucevicius

IT Support

At relatively short notice, Povilas (aka “Pov”) generously put up his hand to be the third van driver. He is taking time out from IT support at RSHP. Pov did a lot of cycling as he was growing up, so will be keen to get the opportunity to do some kilometres on a spare bike if he gets the chance.

Pov is raising money in memory of his godfather who was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away a few years ago.

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