On 1 May 2012 the Velo & Blue team successfully completed their 2012 challenge to cycle to the summit of Mont Ventoux, in France.
A failed attempt was made on Monday 30th April, when the team were advised to turn back halfway up the 1st climb (Bédoin Route) due to a heavy storm of wind, rain and sleet at the summit.
Undeterred the 10 man strong team set off again the following day in much better weather conditions and with a change of tactics! A shorter warm up ride and attempting the more scenic Malaucène route first before the harder Bédoin route.
After an eventful and physically tough day in the saddle the team achieved an impressive 24 complete ascents between them in under 12 hours, with six riders successfully gaining entry into the converted ‘Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux’, with 3 ascents and descents in a day.
Rider team sheet:
Mike Rayner – Malaucène, Bédoin & Sault routes conquered
Dan Stevens – Malaucène, Bédoin & Sault routes conquered
Andy Little – Malaucène, Bédoin & Sault routes conquered
Paul Foley – Malaucène, Bédoin & Sault routes conquered
Jack Dawkins – Malaucène, Bédoin & Sault routes conquered
Robin Bedford – Malaucène, Bédoin & Sault routes conquered
Russell Smith – Malaucène & Sault routes conquered
Will Glover-James – Malaucène & Sault routes conquered
Marc Jones – Malaucène route conquered
Andy Mander – Malaucène route conquered
The team would like to thank Craig at VeloVentoux.com (our local guide) for his superb advice, mechanical assistance and hospitality during our 3 day stay in France, without him it’s unlikely we would have achieved our goal.
We would also like to thank everyone who purchased a cycling shirt or our fundraising lottery tickets, the draw was carried out on Tuesday 01/05/12 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium by fundraiser Mark Davis, witnessed by Paul Lapraik and Dean Parsons. The winner of the £444.30 prize was former AFC Wimbledon player Luke Garrard, holder of ticket number 1073. Approximately £4,300 worth of tickets were sold. After accounting for the prize money and expenses, the net proceeds will be divided equally between the club (for purposes of funding gym equipment for the first team) and the Anthony Nolan cancer charity.
Also thanks to our corporate sponsors Cherry Red Records, The Premier Group (Isle of Man) Ltd and Reptons Coaches who helped get the team and bikes to the base of the mountain.
Velo and Blue lottery tickets are no longer on sale however, Wimbledon striker Jack Midson is also raising money for the Anthony Nolan charity by climbing Mount Snowdon. Jack has set-up a JustGiving page, which can be accessed by clicking here. Velo and Blue cycling shirts are still available to boost the fundraising effort. They are priced at £45 – to place your order or request more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org