How to support our fundraising

Our aim this year is to raise £10,000. This sum will be split 50–50: half will go to Anthony Nolan, and half will be spent on equipment for the AFC Wimbledon players’ gym.

Anthony Nolan is a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer who need a blood stem-cell transplant or bone-marrow transplant, matching willing donors with people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. Anthony Nolan was recommended as this year’s charity by Terry Brown (first team manager) and has been chosen to show our and the club’s appreciation of what he has achieved for AFC Wimbledon. The charity has greatly assisted Terry’s wife Suzy and the family during her recent successful battle with illness.

We are also hoping to purchase a cross-trainer and a hand-bike for the club’s gym at the training ground. These machines will help significantly in the rehabilitation of injured players and general conditioning of players throughout the club and will be a further step towards making the gym suitable for a Football League club.

Lottery Tickets

As in previous years, we will be selling lottery-style tickets priced at £2 each (£10 for a book of 5). The holder of the winning ticket, drawn at random when we complete the challenge, will receive £444.30 (based on the 4443 total metres we will have climbed to complete the challenge).

Tickets are available to purchase from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at the following AFC Wimbledon home fixtures:

6th April 2012  v Rotherham Utd

21th April 2012   v Torquay Utd

Look out for sellers and our static-bike outside the ground or directly from any of the riders undertaking the challenge.

Replica Cycle Shirts

We are also still selling our replica Velo & Blue Cycle Jerseys (see here for details). Not only will you be able to show your support for the Dons while out on the road, all profits go towards helping us reach our fundraising target.

To place an order email: veloblueshirts@gmail.com

Advertisements

Meet the team – Velo & Blue

Having made its debut in 2009 the Velo & Blue team is about the undertake it’s 4th annual fundraising ride.  Following on from the successful Dunsfold 24hr Relay, the London-Gateshead and London-Paris rides, 2012 sees the team take on the Mont Ventoux Challenge. With 3 assents of the mountain totalling 4430m of climbing in 24hrs, this will be the team’s toughest physically and mentally event to date.

Made up of keen cyclists connected by AFC Wimbledon, the team has grown year on year. We have eleven riders signed up and preparing for this gruelling challenge.

Name: Russell Smith
Position: Wimbledon supporter
Experience:  Team Captain. Creator of Velo & Blue team and ever-present rider. Nicknamed the ‘Roadhog’ – he doesn’t ride in a straight line.

Name: Mike Rayner
Position: AFC Wimbledon Physio
Experience: Our strongest/most experienced rider. Never been beaten up a climb, another ever-present on the team. Regarded as the team ‘Daddy’ – he looks after everyone on and off the bike.

Name: Andy Little
Position: Former AFC Wimbledon first team goalkeeper, now Youth Academy goalkeeping coach.
Experience: Wimbledon Football legend, 2nd year on the team and one of our strongest riders.

Name: Robin Bedford
Position: AFC Wimbledon kitman
Experience: Team on-bike navigator, 3rd year on the team. Holds the record for most punctures.

Name: Dan Stevens
Position: AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme Coach
Experience: Our young cycle hot shot, 2nd year on the team.

Name: Paul Foley
Position: AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme Coach
Experience: Team joker and moaner, 2nd year on the team.

Name: Marc Jones
Position: Wimbledon supporter
Experience: Team kit designer and artistic director. Debut ride.

Name: Andy Mander
Position: Wimbledon supporter
Experience: Team chef and most recent addition. Debut ride.

Name: Jack Dawkins
Position: AFC Wimbledon Academy Physio
Experience: Baby of the team and most likely to turn up at Ventoux on his moped. Debut ride.

Name: Will Glover-James
Position: Wimbledon supporter
Experience: Velo & Blue original, making his comeback this year for his 2nd event.

Name: Oliver Close
Position: Wimbledon supporter
Experience: Our unknown quantity, signed up by Paul Foley to pace him on the climbs. Debut ride.

Pim gets his tickets in

Pim Balkestein, currently playing for AFC Wimbledon on loan from Brentford FC, is pictured here getting his raffle tickets to support the Velo & Blue assault on the mighty Ventoux. Club staff and supporters are riding the Ventoux at the end of May in order to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust and to improve the player’s gym facilities at the club.

Pim, being born and raised in Holland, is a keen cyclist and was very aware just how tough the challenge ahead was going to be.

Ventoux raffle tickets

Velo & Blue 2012 Replica Jersey

As part of this year’s Velo & Blue cycling fundraiser the team are selling replica cycle jerseys, as well as their traditional lottery tickets.

The shirt designed in the Dons’ traditional blue and yellow colours will be worn by the riders when they take on their challenge to climb Mont Ventoux in Southern France three times in 24 hours.

All profits from the shirt sales will go towards the fundraising target of £10,000, to be split 50/50 between two causes: Anthony Nolan and equipment for the AFC Wimbledon players’ gym.

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer who need a blood stemcell transplant, matching donors willing to donate their blood cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. It was recommended by Terry Brown and chosen to show our and the club’s appreciation of what he has achieved for AFC Wimbledon. The charity has greatly assisted his wife and family during her recent battle with illness.

We are also hoping to purchase a cross trainer and handbike for the club’s gym at the training ground. These machines will assist significantly in the rehabilitation of injured players and general conditioning of players and help the team to achieve a gym suitable for a football league club.

The shirts manufactured by Owayo are a high-quality, lightweight traditional cycle jersey and priced at £45 each. Perfect for Dons’ fans to show their colours whilst out on their bike. The proposed design is shown here:

Image

  • Made from R-Tex Fabric
  • 100% polyester
  • breathable and superdry
  • three rear pockets
  • short sleeve
  • full front zip for comfort & temperature regulation
  • elasticated waist
  • holds shape and colour after washing.

Owayo size – Chest-size (inches)
S – 32.3-35.4”
M – 35.4-38.6”
L – 38.6-41.7”
XL – 41.7-44.9”
XXL – 44.9-46.5”

To place your order or request more information email: veloblueshirts@gmail.com

2012 – 111124 – Welcome to the Ventoux Mont Ventoux – Bedouin – Provence

Velo and Blue 4
Saturday April 28 to Friday May 4
Velo and Blue 4 – 2012 – Welcome to the Ventoux
Mont Ventoux – Bedouin – Provence

The Madmen of Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux, the legend
Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the South of France whose peak stands at 1909 metres above sea level. Although it’s geologically part of the Alps, the Ventoux stands proud of the Provence landscape with its deserted limestone peak.