Charity cycling events don’t get much bigger than this! Celebrities, Professional Athletes, and fast-paced cycling action all while raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
What is the Velodrome Experience?
The velodrome experience is an opportunity to enhance your cycling performance & knowledge all while taking on an awesome challenge in one of the world’s most famous cycling venues – the Olympic Velodrome at the Lee Valley Velopark.
The cycling challenge itself will be a team pursuit held over a full day on Thursday 2nd November 2017 – offering a true velodrome experience. The teams will consist of 4 riders, and you’ll have professional coaches and athletes on-hand to help and guide you through the day with tips on technique and suggestions for equipment. The full professional experience doesn’t stop there: you’ll also get to see your team name and time on the boards just like the GB athletes striving for Gold back in 2012. There will even be sport physios readily available to help tired muscles and offer nutritional advice.
After an exciting day of cycling, you’ll enjoy a fundraising dinner at the velodrome. It will be a great chance to have a drink and talk about your day, and for those who haven’t been riding it will be an opportunity to be a part of the fundraising activities and enjoy what the cycle themed evening has to offer.
Velodrome Experience includes:
- A 1-hour training session with a professional coach
- Entry to the team pursuit competition
- A timed lap
- A healthy lunch
- Italian coffee and juice bar
- Intimate Q&A session with professional cycling athletes
- Massage by a specialist physiotherapist
- Nutritional talks
- Tour De France spinning simulator
- Watt bikes to test your speed
- Bike mechanic support
- Evening party and awards
Celebrities & Cycling Professionals
Gordon Ramsay will be in attendance with a host of professional cyclists, all doing what they can to make the experience special. Mark Sinclair from Kalas Sportswear will also be there assisting with his invaluable years of experience along with Jason Turner from Sigma Sport, with many more names to be announced soon.
How to enter a team
The cost to enter a team of 4 is £5000 for the full experience including the use of bikes, helmets & shoes. The fee also includes the fundraising dinner held at the end of the day.
If you can’t make the event but would still like to help, then why not donate a cycling related product/s for auction or raffle at the dinner.
If you wish to take part in the Velodrome Experience why not head on over to GOSH’s website once there you’ll be able to find the contact details to enter a team or offer a form of sponsorship.
How I got involved
Back in November 2016, my dear friend Mungo Tennent mentioned he had been asked to help with Great Ormond Street on a new fund raising project. Mungo and his wife Juliette have always been involved with this amazing charity, so he didn’t hesitate to help. Mungo explained it was an event based at London’s historical Lee Valley VeloPark situated in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Well, if it’s cycling, count me in! Hopefully my experience, contacts and passion for cycling can give some help.
I am fortunate enough to have been involved in the world of cycling since the 90s. I have worked with British Cycling on and off for years, and still get involved to date. I’m based in Portugal, where I run a training camp, the Delucci Retreat in the heart of Portugal. Not far from where I live is a beautiful velodrome where a lot of international events are held, so when Team GB are in town to race, I’m on hand to help.
Mungo and I attended a meeting with Kate and the GOSH team last year and we were both invited to join the events committee, which we gladly accepted and since then have been putting our heads together, coming up with ideas and recruiting people to help with this great event.
Great Ormond Street Hospital and its charity are a fantastic organisation, which carry out some truly incredible work, and they have always evolved with the times, of which this event is further proof. It really is a huge honour to be a part of it, and I hope you’ll join me!