St. Modwen Logistics Team set for European Cycling Adventure


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This June, six members of the St. Modwen Logistics team will don their lycra and clip into their pedals as they aim to ride 270 miles from London to Amsterdam in the name of charity.

The team is made up of Richard Bailey, Tom Olsen, Gareth Hutchings, Peter Cross,  James Cooper and Oliver Smith, who will spend three days from the 15th – 17th June trying to avoid potholes and chafing in equal measure as they raise vital funds for Habitat for Humanity, an international charity fighting global poverty and homelessness.

Starting from Orpington, London, the team will first make their way to Calais – via ferry, not swimming – and then ride up the coast of France through Belgium and the Netherlands, taking in sights such as Dunkirk and Rotterdam on the way, before arriving in the Dutch capital.

The ride is organised by Revantage and brings together many of Blackstone’s portfolio companies with a goal of raising a total of £200,000. Many of those dusting off their bikes – including Richard – were part of last year’s edition which saw the group raise £150,000 by cycling to Paris. Numbers have doubled since then, with around 70 riders set to take part this year.

“The camaraderie of the team was probably what I remember the most. The majority of the riders had never met before, however within a matter of hours it felt like we had known each other years, it is amazing what a common goal can do. I came away from the event with a sense of achievement, pride and even with a few new friends. I can’t wait to get on the road again and to catch up with some of the guys that I haven’t seen since last year. The other lasting memory was to ride alongside the guys on a tandem who were always blasting it in the front group, only to find out on the second day of riding that the guy on the back had sight limitations. That, to me, was the true epitome of the challenge!”

Reflecting on last year’s event, Richard Bailey

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