A terribly dry title for quite a jaunty update with loads of pictures about the GBTx team. For supporters, sponsors (new and existing) and all of those who have helped in so many ways, thanks, you are the full fat butter in the fluffy sponge cake of our success...
Life's a beach...
The Great Britain Transplant cycling team have returned from the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa with a massive haul of 19 medals including 9 gold, 3 silver and 7 bronze medals from the time trial and road race events.
The team of 13 riders made up of 6 women and 7 men aged between 17 and 62 all of whom have had life supporting organ transplants of heart, kidney, liver or bone marrow outstripped their previous best performance from 2003 in Nancy, France where they won 11 medals. As you can see from the picture above.... is was a pretty arduous trip with little time for rest and recuperation *coughs...*
The team holding donor Danny Barber's hand print after the time trial
As well as the enormous medal tally there were some important firsts for the team, the biggest ever taken to a World Games by Great Britain. 7 of the 9 gold medals were won by the girls, take a bow Beth Morris, Di Higman and Mel Slaney. Fidelma Hodkinson and Ottilie Quince both won double gold in the time trial and the road race - a truly impressive performance from the girls. On top of this, it has been a rare thing to see a heart transplant recipient medal in Games but Simon Ripley did just that picking up well deserved and hard won bronze medals in both events. A remarkable achievement. In total three riders, Fidelma (Derry, Northern Ireland), Ottilie (Luton, Bedfordshire) and me (Bridgnorth, Shropshire) won both the road race and time trial in their age categories with Otts and I (representing Luton CC and Wrekinsport CC respectively), repeating the double victories from the last world games in Sweden in 2011.
The infamous Giles/Smith 'scab-off'
Another mention in dispatches has to go to Gavin Giles in the 30-40 age category who put in a fantastic ride to capture a silver medal in the time trial behind the overall scratch time winner. Despite being unlucky enough to crash heavily in the road race when his front wheel was taken out in the bunch he took a bike from the neutral car and managed to complete the race despite losing a fair amount of skin in the process. He could have packed in it right there on the side of the road but, despite the bunch disappearing up the road, he chose to finish the race off. Fair play Gav. The picture shows the now famous 'scab- off at the Mug & Bean' were I got to show off my missing skin obtained the week before leaving for the games following a crash at the track. Consensus was that Gav won, but I'm not bitter...
I was quoted in the press saying ‘the performance of all the riders was very impressive; both our youngest and oldest riders won gold medals but pride of place must go to Ottilie. She was scheduled to have surgery to remove a tumour from her transplanted kidney a few days after her return from the games. There was a possibility she could lose her transplant, go on to dialysis and be unable to compete in the sport in which she shows so much talent. Despite this she remained focused enough to win both of her races convincingly and become the fastest female transplant cyclist in the world. Anybody looking for an athlete committed to performing at their best despite concerns and worries should look to her: she is truly inspirational. I’m pleased to say she has come through the surgery successfully, is recovering well and is looking forward to getting back on the bike’.
Bilton Stu and Otts...
We have to thank about a million people who supported us in getting us to South Africa, all those who donated on our Just Giving account, our awesome kit sponsors and all round good guys Pro Vision, in particular Steve 'Pocket Rocket' Joughin, Cycling Plus and Therakos. Special mention must go to Stuart Pickering of Cycling Direct SA, our swanny and self titled 'team bitch' who did EVERYTHING for us in Durban including lugging turbo trainers and gazebos around. He also levered mates and sponsors to help out and, simply, we could not have achieved the success we did without 'Biltong Stu'. Thanks man.
Finally, the reason we do this is to raise awareness for organ donation and transplantation. None of us would have made it to South Africa without donors, we'd be hooked up to machines or, bluntly, have been dead for many years. However, thanks to the altruism and heroism of our donors and their families we are alive to tell some tales. And trust us, we have some amazing tales to tell...
Be a hero, please join the organ donor register, then tell us!
Friday 26th of July will see a team of 13 cyclists, all of whom have had life-saving organ transplants, head off to Durban, South Africa to represent Great Britain in World Transplant Games.
The team of 6 women and 7 men between the ages of 17 and 62 will compete in both the time trial and road race on the 30th and 31st July respectively have had either heart, liver, kidney or bone marrow transplants and are only alive and racing because of the Gift of Life.
Team coach and rider Richard Smith (Wrekinsport CC) says’ it’s been a real privilege to work with the team over the past couple of years and to see them progress to become racing cyclists. The team have worked really hard getting stuck into their events on the road and track to build form and fitness for the World Games, balancing anti-rejection drugs with a rigorous training programme’.
‘The team riders are based all over the UK from Darlington to Portsmouth and over to Northern Ireland, entirely self-funded, they have all attended track and circuit training session in the Midlands to hone their race skills – it shows real dedication and a will to perform as well as they can’.
The team contains existing British, European and World Champion Ottilie Quince (Luton CC) who this year has been competing in the national omnium events and is looking to retain her titles in both the time trial and road race. As well as established riders, newcomers Gavin Giles (Beacon CC) and the youngest member of the team, 17 year old Beth Morris, are looking to make an impact on the world stage.
Cycling Plus, one of the country’s leading cycling magazines, is helping to raise awareness of the team and the team received a massive boost when Therakos provided a donation to cover the cost of the cycling team kit produced by Pro Vision who have also been generous in their support. Therakos Inc. develops and manufactures systems focused on immune cell therapies and is committed to developing therapy to treat life-threatening conditions, such as, solid organ transplant rejection and graft versus host disease.
All of the transplant cyclists are self-funded and without this vital support, the team would not have been able to fulfil its primary function of raising awareness of the success of transplantation and encouraging more people to consider joining the organ donor register.
Notes for editors
10,000 people in the UK need a transplant.
1,000 (3 a day) of these die every year whilst waiting due to a lack of donor organs.
Almost 4,000 organ transplants are carried out in the UK each year.
Over 90% of people support the organ donor register but only 30% have joined it.
19th World Transplant Games http://www.wtg2013.com/
World Transplant Games Federation http://www.wtgf.org/default.asp
Pro Vision http://www.provisionclothing.com/
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It’s been a big few weeks for the 13 cyclists making up the Great Britain Transplant Cycling team. We are off to Durban, South Africa on 26th July as part of the larger UK team to compete in the 19th World Transplant Games , an event described as the Olympics for athletes who have had a life supporting organ transplant.
The cycling team consists of six women and seven men between the ages of 17 and 62 and comprises a smorgasbord of transplants, namely 1 heart, 1 bone marrow, 4 livers and 7 kidneys. Frankly, without a transplant and immunosuppressant therapy to stop us from rejecting, none of us would be alive, let alone able to race bikes.
This year, the team is being sponsored and supported by Pro Vision, Cycling Plus and Therakos. If you’re involved in cycling at all you’ll be familiar with two of those names but Therakos might be a mystery. We’d like to say a big thanks to these guys for the vital support they have given to us.
Our exciting period started off with a photo-shoot courtesy of Pro Vision at Custard Photography in Stoke. You’ll see some of the awesome results of Andy Custard’s work are dotted around this post. We are showing off our new Pro Vision kit with great pride – representing ones country is an honour and a privilege and we want to do our selection justice not only by trying our hardest to win but also looking the part when we do it. This is us pulling in our stomachs for as long as possible without breathing...
The team at Stourport. The sun did come out, promise...
Following the photo-shoot, we had one of our regular training sessions at the Stourport circuit. Cycling Plus sent a photographer along – they are publishing an article on one of the leading lights of the team, British, European and World Transplant Cycling champion Ottilie Quince. Look out for the next issue of Cycling Plus because Otts will be all over it. You can’t really miss her – crazy hair and a massive smile. Cycling Plus think she is an inspiration. We agree, particularly after her results at the Herne Hill women’s omnium.
Otts trying really hard no to smile...
Following the Stourport session we all went back to our respective parts of the UK including Darlington, Northern Ireland and Hampshire – all parts north, east, south and west in fact, and got back into racing with our clubs. It’s fair to say the PB’s started tumbling. I felt quite embarrassed that I didn’t PB whilst wearing the new GBTx skinsuit for the first time because everybody else seemed to knock a good chunk off their 10 time! Having said that, I hit 22.23 the week after, 3 seconds better than last year for one of my local 10s, so I was happy enough. There’s loads of people we need to say thank you too – we’ve have great support from both Wolverhampton Wheelers and Wrekinsport cycling clubs whose members have given freely of their time, in particular Dave Perry, Steve Elcocks and Del Jones. Thanks boys.
'Fast' Bob Jolliffe
I’d also like to mention Pete Hudson, cycling psychologist extraordinaire at Cyclotherapy (follow Pete on Twitter @Cyclotherapy) Pete has worked with us to keep our heads on straight. If he can do it with us, he can do it with anyone. Check his website out if it’s your mind as much as your body that stopping you from winning.
We do this for a couple of reasons, one because we enjoy it, but also it’s our way of raising awareness of the success of all kinds of transplantation. We figure the cycling community is a tight knit one, generous in giving it’s time and energy to the right causes. Just witness the rain soaked freezing cold marshals and the any amount of guys riding LEJOG for charity. So our plea to you is to have a think about joining the donor register and, if you decide to sign up, let us know about it @GBTxCyclists on Twitter because we’d like to tell the rest of the world about what a hero you are.
More before we hit Heathrow…. Thanks. Rich
Six Ashes. Yesterday...
I’m sure you will be delighted to hear I shall make this report as brief as my race was last night.
Did you enjoy that?
No, not really, my race actually lasted 29 mins 11 seconds but more of that later…
It was a Thursday evening so, yes, after a week of warm sunshine it was raining, dull and cold. A thin field (literally and figuratively) were at the Village Hall where all Enville races will definitely now start from, unless it’s at the airport. Salad dodgers, yours truly excepted, were notable by their absence for what is a climbiest of courses used by the league ascending the mighty Mt MoFo four times. I guess the prospect of the race being postponed by road works and the lousy bloody weather put a few off making the trip too. Last time the organisers had to cope with road works it meant the Six Ashes climb was avoided, this time, although the course had to be altered, the climb was very definitely in, it just meant the descent was through the rather unimaginatively titled Four Ashes. Presumably if you looked carefully enough, you'd find One Ash, Eight Ashes and Twelve Ashes somewhere around too...
An A4 only nicer than Andy's. And without rollers underneath
It was good to see Dan Lambsdell (Stans – Paramount) making a return to racing after a nasty knee injury sustained in a crash at Sundorne a few weeks back. Andy from Clee Cycles made it an especially memorable night for Dan by running over his rollers in his Audi A4 putting him right off his warm up. Thankfully Dan was not using them at the time and as Andy owns Clee Hill Cycles all will be put right!
There was probably only a dozen or so riders in each of the four groups this evening – some of us being lucky enough to be buzzed by a guy in a Ferrari. He didn't seem that happy for some reason although you’d have thought you’d be happy if you had a Ferrari right? Wrong. Money doesn't buy you happiness. Or hair apparently…A goose yesterday.
On the second lap of four, we were greeted by an irate farmer who was standing in the road trying to ask each rider if it was his car parked partially blocking his farm gate. Even with limited rider numbers he was never going to be able to ask each and every one of us, but fair effort for giving it a go and top marks for frantic arm waving skills. He joined his Ferrari driving mate in this evening’s ‘angry man’ competition. In fact he became so angry he flagged down Commissaire Watts and removed the wing mirror from his Mini – I'm really looking forward to when Mr Angry Farmer discovers Commissaire Watts is actually Sargeant Watts of the West Midlands Constabulary in the real world.
Back at the race, if my goose was defrosted when I realised the Wrekinsport road race team this evening consisted of, well, me, it was nicely warmed through when Herr Goering made the decision to combine groups 3 and 4. It was thoroughly cooked at the top of Six Ashes climb when on the second lap a couple of scratch riders went round us faster than a guest beer through a digestive tract.
The scratch group contained a number of the NFTO team, race leader Dave Starkey (Freds) and a good number of young bucks ready to shred the unsuspecting earlier group riders up Mt MoFo. It’s pretty standard for this course but riders were getting blown out pretty quickly and G 3/4 were picking up stragglers even on the first lap.
There was no Mike Jones (Stans Paramount) or Karen Summers (Wrekinsport) so the red and pink jerseys were absent but Ben Manfield (Wolverhampton Wheelers) the leading junior and Dave Starkey (Freds) were in white and yellow respectively. I wasn't there at the end (like I said 29 mins and it was all over me). By the time I was giving young Adam Howells (Freds) a lift back to the HQ with a rear wheel puncture there was a (small) bunch finish outside Wolverhampton International Airport. I don't think the jersey's changed hands.
This week, big big BIG thanks to the organisers for getting this race on. Last minute course alterations, HQ changes, irate farmers, crazy drivers, lead car wreckers - all in a days work for the guys. They put a huge amount of effort and soak up a massive amount of grief just so we can race our bikes safely. Mike, Dave, Cheryl, Ian, Mark and the rest - you're all heroes. Thanks.
Dave Goring's house
Or, how to make a tit of yourself in the road race league…
Round 7 of the catchilly titled Shropshire and South Staffordshire Road Race League sallied forth this evening on the Eaton Constantine circuit near the ancient Roman remains of Wroxeter. It was the fourth largest Roman settlement in Britain you know? If I was Carlton Kirby I’d be able to give you a description of the specialist food and wine produced there. Lucky escape. Still, if I was Phil Liggett I’d be able to tell you Lance Armstrong, former 7 times victor ludorum of the Tour de Gaul, was innocent. An even luckier escape…
We were greeted by sunny, bright, rainy, cold, warm, windy and/or still (delete as appropriate) conditions in the only race of the season it’s impossible for a Stans/ Paramount rider to win. It’s their turn to marshal. Thank you gentlemen for an excellent job.
Our antiquitous HQ for the evening was Leighton Village Hall where the last plumbing work had indeed been completed by Plumber Plumberus in AD 204 who seemingly was the last person to find any useable toilet paper there.
A tit. Like me...
Wrekinsport centurions this evening for 3 and a half laps of this undulating course were White Lines, Surveyor John, Steve Elcocks, Pink Karen, John Byatt and me. 5 Groups on the road as per normal with what seemed like a pretty big 5 minute gap to G1.
Much frantic riding ensued with the wind helping a little up the hill but making for some interest fast riding down the old A5. The turning back towards Eaton Constantine saw me make a prize Ancient British tit of myself as I hit a cat-eye which straightened the bike up and sent me on towards Buildwas rather than left towards the village. Luckily, I stayed on and more importantly didn’t take anybody with me for an impromptu visit to the Abbey.
G3 stormed off up the hill and I waited for G4/5 which came along soon enough and ripped my legs off again which would explain the 40-50kph speeds on the flat, maxing out at 62.4kph on the dip.
G1, 2 and 3 came together (I am told) with G3 going straight through. I can’t tell you who the victor ludorum was this evening (it’s not a secret or anything, I just don’t know) but the victrix ludorum was definitely our very own Pink Karen. Top stuff. A good finish for Steve Elcocks too.
At the last but one corner, G4/5 was 3 mins 20 seconds behind the front group, way too much to close down over that distance, so they smashed it to pieces – I was one of the early pieces. So, I blew on the last lap past the Roman remains (have I mentioned the Roman remains?) and hooked up with Steve and Pink Karen to finish the race off.
I overheard a couple of the riders from G4/5 having a little moan about people not pulling their weight – I don’t think it was directed at me but it wouldn’t have been unfair if it was. One rider mentioned that if you couldn’t manage 30 seconds at the front then maybe you should take up golf. Four!
Anyway, back to the villa to get somebody to peel me some grapes as I drift off to the sound a distance lute played by a dusky maiden… right up until the bloody cramp sets in.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening, good racing and for me a least, a proper good kicking…
Charlton next week and Wrekinsport’s turn to marshal.
Round 7 of the Shropshire and South Staffs road race league saw us at Huntingdon, HQ’d in the very pleasant surroundings of Penkridge Cricket Club in, would you believe, glorious summer sunshine – a proper ‘shorts and jersey’ evening.
The fun started for me earlier in the week when I realised somebody had stolen my race licence (It must have been stolen as, like most blokes, I never lose or misplace things myself). I’ve got a spare (thank you BC coaching for the tip) so no major panic. However, I ordered another one from BC just to be on the safe side, but as that was being sent to my club secretary, they emailed me a temporary copy. So, when the much esteemed Mrs Jackson handed me back my original licence at the HQ, it meant I now had four. Pillock...
4 groups last night I think with a combined 4&5. Plenty of Wrekinsport interest including White Lines, Del and Steve, John, Pink Karen, Surveyor John and a gost appearance for The Guest. No, wait… a guest appearance from The Gos.
The race started and, as you might expect, there was much riding around in large Cannock based circles at ill-advised speeds. This is nature of the road race league.
Many of you will know Del Jones, my club mate and man on his day capable of knocking out a 20 min 10 mile time trial. Seeing a rider doing his turn on the front Del smoothly went round him to take his turn, ably demonstrating the ‘through’ part of well know if little used ‘through and off’ technique. The fact he did the next 12 miles on his own at 24mph indicates we have some work to do on the ‘off’ bit. In all seriousness, brave stuff and a great effort from him.
The third lap saw Group 3 split by a tractor and trailer on fast descent. Most of us managed to get round it but it meant a chase back on for some including yours truly. My computer showed 66.1 kph so it was pretty quick and I'm sure some were a lot quicker than me. I think I had the privilege of towing the leading junior Ben Manfield (Wolverhampton Wheelers) across the gap so he definitely owes me a coffee.
I went past The Gos on the back straight and told him he was looking in good form. He said that was only because he was going downhill. I would have chuckled but I couldn’t spare the air. A slightly harsh self-assessment of a good ride by him I feel. Well done mate.
G3 caught hold of a combined G1&2 on the 4th of 6 laps to be joined by a combined G4&5 with three quarters of a lap to go. As the pace went up there was another split on the climb which a few of us found ourselves on the wrong side of. I knew where I should’ve been but my old legs wouldn’t get me there. Just off the back, Andy Jones (Wolverhampton Wheelers) and I shared the effort to chase back on (again) and join the blunt end of the race (again). We even had a little celebration when we got there.
The usual suspects were up at the sharp end. The race was won by a Corley Cycles rider, closely followed by Mr Jones Snr (Stans )in the red jersey with current race leader Dave Starkey (Lord) in 4th surrounded by an assortment of other cycling luminaries included Jord Bason of Wyndy Milla. Top work fast people.
Quick plug for my team (GBTx) all in training for the World Transplant Games in South Africa this July. This week, we’ve have two PB’s and Ottilie Quince, the current British, European and World Tx champion hammering the Herne Hill and Welwyn women’s omniums (omnia?). The road race league and grass roots events like it country wide are vital preparation for me and my team so, as always, big thanks to the riders, supporters and tireless organisers and volunteers. Follow us on Twitter @GBTxCyclists if you want to know more and learn some bad language.
As a final thought on a fantastic evenings racing, I had to go past Commissaire Watts’ twice last night, proving beyond all reasonable doubt that I’m faster than a Mini.
All good stuff. My favourite of series so far I think. See you next week at Eaton Constantine for the Stans – Paramount race.
Top notch picture courtesy of Ben Lawrence (Stans - Paramount) with more of them on Facebook if you ask him nicely. Thanks Ben, excellent work.
Tea and biscuits available from here...
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s racing at the Stourport circuit last night. It was raining of course but I think we’re all getting use to that by now aren’t we?
The circuit is a departure from the normal road based event and is shunned by some of the more die hard roadies because of this but it’s a great facility. I realised I’d ridden, trained and coached there (part of the Regional School of Racing and the GBTx team) but never actually raced it before. I coached a session on cornering last time - I wish some of the guys who raced last night had come along… :)
I got there early to see if I could blag a ride in the first race but the amiable Mr Goring put me straight with some choice use of direct language. Alighting to the club house only slightly disappointed, I sat down with a coffee and watched the heavens open. I was joined by the league leader Dave Starkey (Freds) resplendent in his yellow jersey and matching yellow Oakleys (he’d had them for ages apparently) and Karen Summers (Wrekinsport) the leading the woman and holder of the pink jersey. Pink – well, it’s for women innit pink. Radical and controversial colour selection by the league committee there. However, despite the hallowed company, nobody would buy us another coffee.
A good showing by Wrekinsport. Some of them had even brought bikes and kit and intended to ride the event. Not so Del and Steve whose kit and bikes stayed firmly in the car as the rain hammered down. Good to see Dave ‘Vintage’ Moore giving the league a lash for the first time this season.
Because of the restrictions of the circuit there were two races, the first one containing Groups 1 & 2. Wrekinsport presence was John Byatt, Pink Karen, Last Minute Dan, White Lines Billington and John Cooke. It should have contained Del and Steve too but it was raining and they had biscuits and tea on the go…
I was warming up watching the G1&2 race and had my money on Ben Manfield, the leading junior, to win – which he duly did. He was getting round the final 180 degree corner in better shape that most and whoever came out of there in position was going to get a result. There was a ‘slider’ in the final corner of the first race meaning some slaloming work for the rest of the bunch. Our John Cooke was up there with a 3rd place and, more to point a 3rd Cat licence and, continuing the ‘3’ theme, I suspect an overdue invitation to ride in G3 next week. Well done and welcome aboard!
Whilst warming up, the NFTO race team were chatting about the Tour series in Torquay that was on telly the night before. I mentioned I'd watched it, they mentioned they'd ridden it. It was at this point, had it not already sunk in, I knew I was screwed.
The second race, with a combined Group 4&5 starting three parts of a lap behind us in Group 3 set off in warm and pleasant sunshine. No really, it did. After 35 minutes of the usually suspects working at the front of G3 and a lot of other riders keeping their powder really really REALLY dry awaiting the inevitable arrival of the scratch group, the race came together. Another 10 minutes at that pace saw me off although I did manage to spend a few seconds on Mike Jones (Stans – Paramount) and Starkey’s wheel (just to say I had… there’s a first and a last time for everything).
I think Tim Jones (MSW) was one of the very few, if not only, rider from G3 to hang on to the race. Never afraid to put a shift in, Tim did well to stay with it and finish with the bunch.
Young Elliot Jones (Stans – Paramount) won the bunch sprint, Dad (Stans - Paramount) not far behind, I think Jacob Tipper (Halesowen) was up there too along with the NFTO crew. There are some pretty serious riders in that group – bloody quick.
Successful night for Wrekinsport really, John’s 3rd Cat licence, Karen holding the pink jersey, we all stayed upright and some of us had tea and biscuits…
More, much more, next week…
It struck me first thing this morning whilst watching the smiley weather girl on BBC that I had to answer a question in my A level geography paper, ‘Britain doesn’t have a climate, just a series of weather patterns. Discuss’. My answer (bloody right mate) was enough to score me a D but it didn’t really address the issue fully.
We certainly had a series of weather patterns at Knighton last evening. It was raining when I got there (standard) but then by the time the rather thin (in numbers, not necessarily weight) field were on the start line it had improved to ‘dry but bloody cold with a northerly hooley’ (you can tell I’m a geographer eh?)
4 groups this evening with Wrekinsport riders dotted throughout, with the obvious exception of the scratch group, including me, Karen and John, White Lines Billington and Last Minute Dan. Whilst light on numbers the youngsters in the scratch group looked pretty mean, amongst them David ‘Lord’ Starkey (Freds), Todd Hotchkiss, Elliot Jones (Paramount), John Cooper (Wolves Wheelers) and a couple of ‘sign on the line’ team jockeys.
The boys from the scratch group caught us on the second lap of 5 which is pretty early so it was going to be a tough race. I noticed as they came through that not one of them weighted over 10 stone and their average age was probably no more than early 20’s. This, in my mind at least, is cheating – but then I’m a chubby 46 year old so I would say that wouldn’t I?
The combined group 3&4 picked up what looked like the combined 1&2 with a lap and a half left. Riders were being shelled out through speed and conditions. The best place on the back straight was in the right hand gutter in echelon but that’s kinda tricky when a HGV is coming the other way delivering to the chocolate factory – they don’t get this on the Giro…
The rain really came down on the last half lap of the race, thankfully this stopped…but only because it turned to hail. Real painful proper bullet sized hail. I pulled up next to John as we came up to the railway bridge for the last time only to see him disappear down Grand Knighton Canyon on the left side of road. Thankfully he held it together.
A group of 3 or 4 riders from the scratch managed to break away. I think it included a couple of sign on the line jockeys and possibly Todd, Starkey etc. There was a bunch sprint for the minor places so if you survived to the end, well done. White Lines was up there, me and Last Minute rolled in with the bunch. By this time my shoes were flooded.
Karen Summers put in a gutsy ride to keep hold of the pink jersey for the leading woman (well done Karen). Good ride in challenging conditions.
I retreated to the Social Club to get changed, sat up on the stage chatting to Mark Fenn (Paramount) and a few others to do the standard ‘taking your shorts off with a towel around you’ routine when an idea struck me. Taking my shorts off… on a stage… nah, nobody would pay to see that. Or notice for that matter. Anyhoo, there was a satisfied glow amongst the riders that comes at the end of a race completed in tough conditions – it’s a worthwhile experience and more good quality miles in the legs. All good stuff.
Early this morning, I sat on my turbo in the garage doing a little recovery session. It was the first time I’d experienced a headwind in that environment. Bloody. British. Weather….. Discuss.
We’re at the Stourport circuit next so more weather reporting from Worcestershire then.
The 13 riders of the GB Transplant Cycling Team, representing Great Britain at the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa this July, are meeting at the Stourport cycling circuit on 15th June as final preparation for the trip.
All of the team have had lifesaving organ transplants (7 kidneys, 4 livers, 1 heart and 1 bone marrow to be precise!) and are only racing and riding because of the bravery of selfless others who’ve had the foresight to join the organ donor register and tell their family and loved ones of their wishes.
The meeting will include the unveiling of the team’s new kit, produced by one of our supporters Pro Vision, and funded through generous donations from Therakos and number of individual and company sponsors who support the campaign to increase awareness of organ donation and transplantation. Similarly, Cycling Plus are helping us to raise awareness and we are pleased to be displaying their logo on our jerseys this year. All the team riders are self-funded so without this vital support we would not be able to take what will be the biggest ever GBTx Cycling Team to attend a World Games.
We’ll be on the track from around 11am if you’d like to come down and join us, we can tell you a few stories. Click here for directions.
Links for editors
19th World Transplant Games
World Transplant Games Federation
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