London to Paris 2014: meet the wealth manager riders
On 19th June a group of discretionaries will be taking part in the epic London to Paris cycle ride, sponsored by Catley Lakeman Securities, raising thousands for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Bigger and better than last year, the event will have more riders aiming to raise even more money for the beating blood cancer charity.
20 wealth managers from the likes of Rathbones, Brewin Dolphin, PSigma, Investec and many more will be cycling hard to reach the French capital. Citywire is fielding two cyclists: audience development executive Libby Ashby and HR assistant Sian Tickner.
Click through to meet some of our readers taking part in the challenge.
Charles Hawkins, Investec
'My goal is to get there without getting in the support van.'
Adrian Maxwell, Rathbones
'I'm looking forward to having another crack at the challenge and the gala dinner at the end.'
Steve Scott, Brewin Dolphin
‘You get stronger each day of the ride, which you don’t expect.’
Robin Eggar, Brooks MacDonald
'I’m going to take the timed sections more seriously this year so I’m hoping I’ll improve in those.'
Will Scott, Bestinvest
‘I’d say I’m relatively competitive. I’ll push myself; I’ve got to do it properly.’
Justine Edwards, Investec
‘I’ve never been to Paris so I’m excited to see the city. And yes, I know I could have jumped on the Eurostar instead of four days of gruelling cycling!’
James Maltin, Rathbones
'With my lack of training, I've taken the view that I'll just turn up and it'll happen. I'll get there one way or the other.'
Iain Welsh and Mike Stimpson, Smith and Williamson
'My friends used to joke that I couldn’t ride a bike so this is one way of proving them wrong.'
'Some of the other riders who have suffered with cancer, or are riding for a loved one who is ill, are incredibly inspiring.'
Jeff Vernon, Rathbones
‘L2P appealed to me because the LLR charity struck a chord. A very good friend of mine died twenty years ago of Leukaemia so I’d like to raise money for the charity.’
Gordie Houston, Brewin Dolphin
‘Every year the ride gets better and better.’
Marcus Holden-Craufurd, Rathbones
'I was in the army so I'm bloody-minded and have stamina lurking somewhere deep inside.'
Paul Palmer, Investec
‘There’s no point training and competing if you’re not enjoying it so the most important thing for me is to always have a smile on my face.’
Stephen Jones, Brewin Dolphin
'I like to push on.’
Dan Bland, Quilter Cheviot
'Cycling into Paris on the Sunday will be amazing especially because it's my 30th birthday that day. The gala dinner will be a great way to celebrate that too!'
Carl Fiford, Psigma
'The two things I am looking forward to (in equal measure) are: the racing element involved in the time trials and the many beers awaiting us in Paris.'
Andrew Lewis, Brewin Dolphin
‘For me the key is to ride as smooth and steady as you can. It’s about what’s right for you and not how fast others are going.'
Libby Ashby, Citywire
'Training is tough but I know the ride will be great fun. I've never done anything like this before so I'm looking forward to celebrating what we've achieved in Paris.'
Sian Tickner, Citywire
‘I’m looking forward to the huge sense of achievement for myself and for the charity when we cross the finish line at the Eiffel Tower. And then having a drink!’