Barnaby 'Rugged' Rugge-Price was the obvious choice for Team Bike Ride Captain simply because of his appearance – his lack of any discernible muscle in his upper body, aerodynamic head, love of tight clothing and CAMRA style beard being critical cycling criteria. Expect Barnaby to be strategising the team tactics throughout the ride and demanding nothing but a tour victory whilst also saving money on any expenses! As a recent London-to-Brighton participant, he’s coming into the event as the only member with race experience in the last 24 months so that alone should put him amongst the favourites.
Chris 'Chops' Hopkins was always nailed on to be involved as he is not a man to say no to anything. A founding member of our Cargo & Stock Throughput team, Chris brings many attributes to the cycling team – unbounded enthusiasm, much needed youth and an American accent. However, with a Colombian coach and sponsor, and hailing from the land of Armstrong he will be one for the officials to watch.
Mark 'Pirate' Colgate is somewhat disappointed to be involved as he thought this was a rugby tour and has only recently discovered that he is perhaps not the ideal build for a cyclist. Mark is a keen rugby player and despite being in his fifties, he is still captain of the RKH Sevens team as well as head of our Casualty team. His reputation was sealed on the rugby pitches of southern England where his propensity for being punched and regular black eyes gave him his well earned moniker. Despite this, Mark is no soft touch and starts every training session with a group squeeze and cries of “let’s ****ing kill them!”.
Charlie 'Mad Dog' Gallannaugh is the fittest and most experienced member of the team and, to prove it, is often seen wandering the halls of RKH in his full cycling kit. So instrumental is Charlie to our North American team that Nick Besant has asked if we could install a sidecar for him to ride alongside Charlie. He is also our technical and communications expert which is handy as it is unlikely that Chris Hopkins will go the whole week without needing a new phone.
Much is expected of Ant 'Barry' Brooke. The youngest member of the team, a cycling commuter and recent conqueror of some Tour de France stages, he has being preparing hard for the race. However a recent trip to South Africa, purportedly to follow Chris Froome’s training routes, was actually to attend his own wedding. This threatened to put all his preparation in jeopardy when he returned several kilos heavier and dragging his new ball and chain. However we are pleased to see that he has thrown himself back into training and we fully expect him to be taking the lion’s share of the work at the front of the team peloton, where his wide build will provide excellent drafting opportunities for the rest of the team.
Back in the day Al 'Salad' Barrett was a strapping rugby player who was partial to a pint or two. However these days with his triathlon and cycling exploits he is more commonly referred to as ‘Salad Al’. Al’s enthusiasm for endurance sports has coincided with a penchant for wearing lycra at every opportunity, including in the office, which should stand him in good stead for the long ride from Scotland. His real role as team leader is being cunningly disguised under the title of kit technician but he will no doubt ensure that ‘Not very P&C’ will be highly organised, well fed and very compliant!