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Post Ventoux 2014 Report

The big event has now passed with ten of the insurance and legal services industries' brightest conquering Mont Ventoux on the 26th June. 

The event was a huge success with all participants going through what has been described as a life changing experience. To read a full review of what happened on the trip please click here.

The group has managed to raise over £30,000 for the Wooden Spoon and Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and there's still time to make a donation.  Please click here to visit the Premex Ventoux Just Giving site. 

Group picture

The team gather for a group photo    

The Beast of Provence

Mont Ventoux 'The Beast of Provence'

Group Ride 

The group cycling together at the start 

Donald Fowler at the Summit 

Donald at the summit of Ventoux 

Training steps up for Ventoux 2014 

Premex's Donald and Chris pose for pictures in their new kit which the ten-man team will wear as they tackle 'The Beast of Provence'.  

DF and CW 1

Donald and Chris sporting their Ventoux Jerseys    

DF and CW 2Donald and Chris training hard to take on the 'Beast of Provence'

This page will be regularly updated with cycling tips, biographies of each of the riders and progress updates on their strict training schedules.  

The riders include Donald Fowler and Chris Wheatley from Premex Group, Peter Thompson from BGL Group, David Bott from Bott & Co, Andrew Simcott from Michael W Halsalls Solicitors, Jonathan Scarsbrook from Irwin Mitchell, Craig Budsworth from Garvins and Russell Atkinson from National Accident Helpline.  Click here to read more about the riders.

Charity fundraising

Each of the riders has chosen a charity of their choice to raise funds for.  Our Premex representatives, Donald Fowler - CEO and Chris Wheatley - Sales and Marketing Director, are raising money for two charities, the Wooden Spoon and Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. 

The Wooden Spoon supports a whole range of projects designed to improve life for disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK and Ireland.  Inspired by its rugby heritage, its values of passion, integrity, teamwork, and fun have so far helped over 1 million young people and children in need. 

The Ventoux team are proud to support Team Tilly's nominated charity, Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Team Tilly was created in memory of Paul Rosenblatt's daughter, Tilly, who sadly passed away when she was 19.  Paul is a colleague and close friend of Donald and Chris, and every year Team Tilly embark on an epic challenge to raise valuable funds for a charity that helped Tilly and many other young people.  

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, helps cancer patients, young and old, get the best possible care.  Through donations they fund vital research, equipment and support services that would otherwise be unavailable. These range from new innovations in cancer treatment to the special touches that really help to change lives and give our patient's loved ones much-needed peace of mind. 

Please click here to make a donation. 

About 'The Beast of Provence'

Mont Ventoux is in the Provence region in southern France, and is one of the most feared mountains in cycling with an average gradient of 7.1%. It regularly features on the route of the Tour de France and is well known as one of the most demanding climbs in the race.  

The 120km route will culminate in scaling the summit of Mt Ventoux from the "Bedoin" side of the mountain, which exposes the riders to the full glare of the sun and famous 'Mistral' winds in what is a barren, moonlike environment. 

The team will climb 22.7km to the summit of Mont Ventoux, from where they can enjoy views of the Mediterranean to the South and the Alps to the East.  They will then make a 30km decent back home.  

The mountain's history is tinged with sadness and glory. The latter for moments such as Chris Froome's famous victory at the summit on his way to 1st place in the 2013 Tour and also tragedy; British cyclist Tom Simpson died 2km from the top in 1967. His memorial is there at the place he fell and traditionally, riders will place a small memento carried up the mountain onto his memorial.