1,000 miles, 10 countries, 10 days, £100,000
So far, you have helped us to raise …
Our riders will be braving some of the toughest terrain in Europe...
Who we are riding for
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.
08.09.2016 – 17.09.2016
Help us to raise £100,000
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.
ArchitectThough 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.
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.
ArchitectDawid has had to arrange his 2016 iron-man triathlon training around VeloVeni. He will not be holding the peloton back.
DirectorJörg 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 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!
ArchitectThis 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”
Information SystemsVeloVeni 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!
ArchitectJohn 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!
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.
Project ManagerAviva 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”.
Senior Project ManagerMost 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”.
PhotographerCheerful 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’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.
Data ScientistDean 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.
EngineerPaul 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 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.
Associate, CorporateDragged 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.
Graphic DesignerKinga 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.
Personal AssistantVeloVeni 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.
PhysiotherapistLoic 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.
Architectural AssistantVeloVeni 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.
ArchitectJose 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.
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.