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London to Paris: meet the discretionaries ahead of 400km bike challenge

On 6 June a number of our readers will get on their bikes to raise thousands for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in a gruelling London to Paris cycle ride sponsored by Catley Lakeman Securities.  

The challenge

On Thursday 6 June a number of our readers will be getting on their bikes to raise thousands for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The event, sponsored by Catley Lakeman Securities, will see the cyclists cover 400km in just four days as they trek between these two iconic capitals.

Around 400 cyclists will be taking part, including those from Investec Wealth & Investment, Brewin Dolphin and Rathbones, along with Citywire video producer Ben Jeens-Williams.

As the countdown begins, Catley Lakeman founder Russell Catley and former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas share their motivation for the mission in this inspirational video.

Click through to learn more about the select band of our readers who will take part in the challenge.

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Adrian Maxwell, Rathbones

'For me it's about the social aspects.'
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Ben Mackie, Charles Stanley

'It’s better to start in a group you’re more comfortable with and move up because you’re getting fitter, than the other way around.'
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Carl Mitchell, Investec Wealth Management

'I'm planning to chug along happily at the back,'
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David Pegler, Brewin Dolphin

'I wanted to renew my support for the [Leukaemia & Lymphoma] Research charity. I will take any excuse to get on my bike.'
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Gordie Houston, Brewin Dolphin

'The bike I bought for it cost more than my two first cars combined!'
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John Henderson, Rathbones

'I cycle to work every day.'
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John Gunn, Rathbones

'You can go about 20% faster than you would on your own.'
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Mike Stimpson, Smith & Williamson

'My only aim is to finish and still be alive.'
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Nik Kidd, Investec Wealth Management

'My motto is train hard, race easy.'
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Robin Eggar, Brooks Macdonald

'I’ve always wanted to do the ride and I am really looking forward to having the challenge and camaraderie over the four days.'
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Steve Scott, Brewin Dolphin

'I didn't even own a bike!'
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Simon Tabb, Investec Wealth Management

'I play rugby, cricket, and I competed in the Square Up in the City boxing tournament last year, so I thought I might as well give this one a go as well.'
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Stephen Jones, Brewin Dolphin

'My bike's been chained up in my garage since February.'
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Ben Jeens-Williams, Citywire

'As they say, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.''
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