Donald Fowler - Premex Group Chief Executive
1. I am actually very new to the sport and only bought a bike in
January of this year! Chris signed me up for the Ventoux
challenge before I had a chance to think about it and say
"no"....so I am now a cyclist! A novice or not, I have to say
I am really enjoying being out in the country roads although my
maiden ride was in wind and driving rain so just as well you didn't
ask me that question back in January! That ride really made
me wonder what on earth I was doing, although they could only be
more enjoyable after that!
2. Being so new to the sport I don't really have a favourite
quite yet as we are trying different routes most outings, but I am
loving exploring some of the back roads north of Leeds - very quiet
with great views all round.
3. Whatever it is...it is not enough to prepare for
Ventoux! I am getting out on the bike every weekend and a
couple of times during the week if I am able, and with only 8
weeks to go, it's now all about getting the longer rides in and
being used to being on the bike for hours and hours.
4. Hmmmm....I would love to say "zero" but I am pretty sure that
is a daft response. Will give it my best shot though. I
saw a U Tube video of a chap who did it on a 3 geared London Boris
bike....so how hard can it be?
Chris Wheatley - Premex Group Sales & Marketing
1. Cycling is only sport I've done
where every muscle and thought in my body is willing me to
stop - on a steep climb springs to mind, and a few minutes
later I'm fuelled with adrenalin and endorphins flying down a
2. Climbing up Latigo Canyon in the
Santa Monica mountains then looping back via the hippy commune of
3. mmm…train and much as I can indoors until the weather
gets better and ignoring rule #5 as much as I can
4. What if I'm pushing someone else - does that
Peter Thompson, BGL Group
1. Getting out in the countryside, getting away from work, being
able to eat more cake (not necessarily in that order)
2. I know a lovely couple of routes that take me out of South
Leicestershire into Rutland and Northamptonshire. Some rolling
hills, fabulous landscapes and great café stops (more cake)
3. Half a loaf of Soreen, bit of cycling, nice slice of Cherry and
4. Hmm, get off yes, push no. I'd really like to cycle the whole
thing but being realistic, I'll need a breather here and there but
I'm not planning to walk any of it. I'm sure I'll need the odd stop
to take on vital nutrition (you've got the idea now).
David Bott, Bott & Co
1. The cup of tea at a roadside café.
2. Don't really have one but like the Cat and Fiddle.
3. Don't really have one but lots of hills seems to be the
way to go.
4. I will stop at the Simpson Memorial and hopefully that will be
the only time I have to get off, but let's see how it goes.
Jonathan Scarsbrook, Irwin Mitchell
1. I've always enjoyed cycling with the family on the
mountain bikes and only purchased a road bike in Feb 13… but what a
difference, I love being able to cover some significant distances
on the road, to actually go somewhere a real distance away feels
like an achievement in itself. Not to mention I'm a bit of a
speed freak and 50mph+ on two weels is always a laugh.
2. Over the last year myself and a couple of colleagues have
been dragging ourselves out of bed before 5am to cycle about 25
miles through Derbyshire before heading into the office.
There are a few routes between, Rowsley, Bakewell, Chatsworth,
Ringinglow etc that are particularly enjoyable. I must say at
5pm we don't always feel like doing it all again in reverse!
3. I can't say I have a special regime… it boils down
to - Fit in as many miles as you can when you can! I
was pleased to have bought a turbo trainer through the winter and
Sufferfest is great, but I certainly don't get as much time in the
saddle as I would like.
4. Honestly I have no idea... I don't want to push at all,
but that's probably not realistic. If you haven't seen it,
watch the recent film, 'The Armstrong Lie' and just see what Lance
has to say about Ventoux.
Russell Atkinson, National Accident Helpline
1. A great way to keep fit whilst being sociable and it's a
sport you can do whatever your age. I also love all the
2. A local route to my home that takes in 4 counties in 30 miles
and has all sorts of terrain from flat Fens to some moderate hills
and includes Rutland Water.
3. All I intend to do is a bit more of what I normally do.
A ride to work a couple of times during the week (35 miles round
trip), a longer ride on a Sunday up to 75 miles supplemented with a
run or a weights session. I will also attempt a couple of 100 mile
sportives prior to the event including one a week before (thanks Mr
4. My aim is to get to the top no matter what the speed is
without pushing. I will observe tradition and stop at the Tom
Simpson memorial but otherwise a long slow pedal.
Craig Budsworth, Garvins
1. There's two things I really love
about cycling, the first is being out in the fresh air. No
matter which cycling route you choose you always find some quiet
roads where you can put your foot down and get that rush of
travelling fast under your own speed. The second thing is the
camaraderie. This is two fold in itself. Nothing beats
riding as a group where you can push each other and take turns on
being the front man but it's also the polite nods of hello to the
numerous other riders you pass on your route, sometimes when
they're going the same way, you just end up drafting together for a
2. Definitely up Winter Hill.
There are so many different ways of getting to it that it's always
a slightly different route involved. More importantly, you're
never on your own when you take it on.
3. I try to do as much
interval work as I can in a ride. In other words, I try and
ride has hard as I can followed by a recovery period and then do
the same again, over and over.
4. My biggest aim of the trip
is to try and not get off at all.
Darren Pardon, ACM
Andrew Simcott, Michael W Halsalls Solicitors
1. If I am honest I have never used to enjoy cycling, it was
just a means to end for competing in triathlon. In the last couple
of years I have grown to love it, possibly an age thing, and now I
love either riding on my own or with friends for 4 hours every
Sunday, being outdoors in all weathers and the feeling that the
2. My regular 105 km route around the Cheshire countryside which
has a few nice climbs along the way, lots of rolling hills,
beautiful scenery and most importantly traffic free
3. Hard work and lots of miles! I commute regularly to work on
road and also throughout the winter off road to build my base
fitness, I do a long ride of circa 4 hours every Sunday and
supplement with turbo sessions whenever needed although I much
prefer being outside.
4. I don't expect to get off and push and would be
disappointment if I had to.